Explore the most popular hiking trails near Willow Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
4 days ago

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

road biking
8 days ago

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

mountain biking
10 days ago

As a novice, this trail was tough for me, very tough after intersection 30! There were some big dips that I didn’t even attempt, lots of tree roots in the trail, and a lot of mud after the recent rain. Tough but fun!

Garmin plotted it at 5.83 miles. Pretty easy on foot and well marked. Trail was a lot of fun and good elevation changes for the area. There was an expected mix of courteous bikers and douchewaffles, but overall the baddies didn’t ruin the hike. I want to come back and try to run this trail.

This is a mix of cook county forest preserve trails that vary from gravel, dirt, and paved. Well maintained and marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the dog and it was great, definitely more of a mountain bike trail. But decently challenging either way. If you have smaller kids or a dog stay alert! There are some blind corners and fast downhills for the bikes and you might need to get out of the way quickly. The bikers were polite though. If you’re on foot clockwise is the way to go.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike. Great terrain. Beautiful lakes. Get out early to avoid all the bikers.

walking
2 months ago

Very nice, easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Good for distance and building up endurance for other adventures but certain spots lacked signs for first time out on the trail to easily know where to go from there.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a nice hike without a lot of hills. There are a few body's of water and I see tons of deer and coyotes. I don't know what that other person is talking about on pavement. There is no pavement.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike around lakes

hiking
3 months ago

This is my favorite local trail. Single track, rugged trail with good hills. Watch out for tons of mountain bikers. Good tree cover in the summer to protect from the sun. Really nice place to get in a semi challenging hike truly in nature.

My favorite for my skill level.

hiking
6 months ago

Went out here to check out the county's exploratory trail signs. It's a nice hike on pavement through some of the lovely scenery of SW Cook County

Hiking gem in the Chicagoland area. Tons of trails so no hike should ever be the same. The trails are grass, dirt, and gravel. For IL, there is quite an elevation change, which I liked. There are several other hikers and many bikers, but trails are wide enough to accommodate all. Views are great, and people are friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Good distance loop that’s good for training for other adventures. Trail isn’t very inspiring and mountain bikers (though courteous) tend to rule the trail and run you off to the side. Trail is clean but could use improvement on way signage.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is beautiful, and well maintained. A lot of work has been put in to make this a really nice mountain biking trail (jumps, banked curve sections, log rides) so it's no surprise there are a lot of riders. Although I didn't see any other hikers, the riders were very courteous and alert, with great communication. I also went counterclockwise, which helped a lot with bike traffic.

hiking
10 months ago

We took the advice from previous reviews and hiked clockwise. Most of the mountain bikers were riding counter clockwise so it was much easier to see them. We passed a mountain bike clinic between markers 19 and 20, but they stopped everyone as soon as we walked up and let us hike through. The trail was well marked and had some elevation. There was a sign saying the trail is only open when dry and could see how it could get very muddy with some rain.

hiking
10 months ago

Super cool trail, really pretty...I loved it because it felt very secluded despite other people being there. I would definitely recommend hiking here!

trail running
11 months ago

Great place for a morning run. Went around 6:30 am and there were about a half dozen runners and no cyclists.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hiking area, lots of trails to choose from, all the trails we were on provided lots of shade. Only downside is the trails seem to be most heavily used by mountain bikes and on occasion blind corners on a fairly skinny trail were somewhat dangerous, especially when hiking with my dog.

It was a fun and mostly easy trail. Seems really good for dirt biking.

trail running
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This was my first time to Palos and it's beautiful!! I will definitely be back! I took the fabulous advice of one reviewer who said to run the (orange) trail clockwise. Almost every bike came towards me which was a lot easier to see, and the end of the trail (when you're tired!) is easy in this direction. Heed advice about bug spray.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Great, other than certain hiking trails turn into biking trails without notice. Still, beautiful and not too crowded. Good elevation changes for the rea

trail running
Friday, June 02, 2017

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Great trails. Something for all levels. Good for training.

This trail includes a big chunk of the Palos Orange Trail and a couple of miles of the Palos Yellow Trail. If someone hates mud should not hike after rain, because the west portions, as well as the part after the Bullfrog Lake are very muddy after rain. NOTE: The trail is not 7.9 miles as mapped through AllTrails. It is 8.6-8.7 miles. I went around 1000 am and the trail traffic was zero.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Like many said, it is a very nice trail. Great trail to test some gear and burn calories.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

I use the Palos trail system to keep in shape for more difficult trails . Strap your backpack on and hit the trails. You won't be disappointed with the multiple options the system provides.

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