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Easy smooth short trail.

This is an excellent 10 mile loop about 10-15 minutes off of I-70. It's definitely worth a stop for those traveling through to stretch your legs. Trails are open to hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.

For mountain biking, I would rate these trails as intermediate. They flow through old growth forest along the banks of Mill Creek Lake offering great views while riding. These trails have a little something for everyone, and you get out of them what you put into them....the faster you go, the more challenging they become.

Great, well maintained trail. Moderate trail. But quiet and shady. One way trails, and lots of mountain bikers. All friendly. Great day to hike.

Note: Bug repellent.

mountain biking
2 days ago

It’s really wide but there is still plenty of rocks and roots to have a good time on a mountain bike. There is lots of signage, however I wasn’t always sure which sign I needed to follow. Over all a great ride.

That place is so beautiful I loved

walking
4 days ago

About tennis ball spiders crawling all over you and your stuff so you cannot stay still for too long. There were also millions of them.

Nice clear trails. Some wooded and shady, some grassy and sunny. Well kept. Saw toads, wildflowers, deer trails, and plenty of butterflies. Easy/moderate terrain. Little muddy at the start due to rains last night. One fallen tree about .6 miles in, but we climbed over.

This is not the Lake County Forest Preserve which is right next door, and has two connecting entry points. This is a beautiful place to walk and beautiful to see the Prairie and restoration. If you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained and marked grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but would definitely do a tick check when you're done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie, wildflowers, butterflies, deer and sounds of frogs. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: path to not very well-marked, worth a stop to see. Overall: Gatehouse and history of this place is very interesting and job restoring very well done.

Trail surface: grass and mud, have had a lot of rain this year. Bugs: we did the three mile Outer Loop and almost turned back due to swarms of mosquitoes, also found ticks on me and my husband when we got home. Scenery: Really beautiful, but not much variation, wooded areas, grassy areas, wood bridges and river. Elevation gain: even though map claims some elevation feels essential flat. Amenities: Visitor Center very nice, restrooms very clean, staff very friendly, drinking fountain outside building, ample parking. Overall a lovely hike but mosquitoes a huge problem.

hiking
4 days ago

Great walking and biking trails.

Trails are pretty overgrown wear pants or long socks.

Being a Dane I'm used to living in a flat but hilly landscape. Anyway, during my 2 weeks in this neighbourhood I've experiensed a landscape flat as a pancake. Lots of 'little pieces of prarie' . Wau, is that something.
Along the Fox River-trail I finally found som hilly parts. Not much though. The trail was different from the other trails that I found on ALL TRAILLS and by myself. I liked it. Running along the river I would have wished to see the river more than was the case. Probably they grow the trees and bushes to protect the shore? I don't know? But it's a nice run...

walking
7 days ago

Nice easy trail with great nature views. Very relaxing hike.

Hate to ever give a bad rating, but this place is a mosquito pit. Wanted to run 4-5 miles but cut it short due to the bugs.

Arrive early (by 10am?) on weekends so you can park at the main parking lot. We had to park in the overflow area and it was an extra mile hike across a sunny field to get to the Dells area.

The Dells were beautiful!

One of So IL’s best spots. Been coming here since 90s. Technical enough to keep it interesting but still big kid friendly. Spent an amazing night there last night with unbelievably forgiving weather for July. We camped at a well established spot by the water about a 15-20 min hike from the north CH trailhead and before the Wolf Den. Took 5 ticks off my son this morning but none on me. Guess they don’t like the smell of bourbon. New hikers should be aware of the two options at the north trailhead. The left fork is more friendly if you’re packing heavy or not in prime condition. The right fork is a bit of rock and boulder hopping down into the valley.

Short but fun.

Great museum, decent trail

road biking
11 days ago

The area was beautiful but definitely not conducive to biking. Lots of hills + gravel/sand = not easy (as marked in the description).

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail for hiking. Clearly marked paths. It’s a great work out.

hiking
11 days ago

Most of the trail was blocked by fallen trees. Trail is not well marked. Pretty much just got to see the rock formations from the trailhead.

11 days ago

It has the potential to be very nice. Old growth trees and some nice trails with a few easy hills here and there. That being said, I don’t believe I will be back to this particular park. Half a dozen bridges are unusable. If you live nearby and need a woodsy break or have children, its playground is nice. In all areas I could still hear traffic, power tools and a very loud barking/yelping dog. Not the escape I was needing.

Lots of elevation changes. Great trail.

Great bike ride
Wildlife at dusk
Mildly hilly

mountain biking
12 days ago

Trail needs cleaned up, there was a tree down in the trail and many limbs

This trail is not Pet Friendly. We got all the way here only to find that out. Looks awesome bur didnt get to hike it

12 days ago

beautiful trail

hiking
12 days ago

This a spectacular trail that starts off with an easy rock path that doesn’t have that trail feel. Just wait, it gets better! Nice ridge paths and you have to climb up and down some pretty slippery river beds. Beware if you bring a dog, make sure you can lift them. Some parts of path they will need help. When you get in the canyon, be prepared, bring some good mosquito spray.
There is a nice mix of gravel, dirt with a dash of mud and sandstone. Great for all ages. Kids would love this trail. To things to remember, water and keep kids on trail. Copperheads and rattlesnakes are off trail and can be aggressive. Enjoy!!

Fun trail but has little in the way of signs. We took a wrong turn and ended up on another trail. The whole area was beautiful!

I would say 3.5 stars. Decent loop. Trail is sand and mud with .5 of the loop a narrow path with some erosion, mostly in trees and shaded. Fitbit said 9 floors climbed, only a bit up and down. Facilities include running water, a restaurant, a winery/bait shop - nice people. There are additional trails besides the loop.

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