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Fun/challenging hike for northern Illinois standards. Turned it into about a 5 mile trek by following a few rabbit trails. Backs up to a ski hill so there's some incline. If you live in northern Illinois and are looking for a spot to train for more strenuous hikes elsewhere this is a good spot for it

16 days ago

Unmarked trails but if you stick to the outside you will be fine on the loop. Recommend going to the top of the “mountain” great views!
Brought my pup and ran into a few other people with dogs. Very friendly.

2 months ago

Easy trail. Beautiful with the snow.

Go in clockwise direction. The other direction means you climb 203 ft. at the end and it’s steep.
No trails are marked so keep to the map on All Trails if you want to do the loop. Otherwise, enjoy all the rabbit trails! There are many. It was a great winter walk. Can’t wait to see it in the Spring.

This is definitely hard, the trails inside the forest are super overgrown. Don't know if they come through and trim it all at the end of summer. The elevation changes are awesome! Definitely happy I wore pants instead of shorts. I'm covered with little sticker pods! I'm short and majority of the paths I tried in the inside were overgrown almost taller than me. I don't think I found the "summit". The path on the outside had a lot of butterflies and was mowed. Also glad I started off with the inside trail. I would do this again and explore more when it's cooler than 90 degrees though

road biking
6 months ago

The hiking is a 1... much better hiking can be found elsewhere in the Madison area. But the newly completed Lower Yahara River bike path is awesome! Easy riding 1.5 miles thru the park, then a .9 mile section of boardwalk across Lake Waubesa ending at McDaniels Park in Macfarland. It just opened at the end of August 2017 so it's getting a lot of traffic right now.

Fairly easy in terms of skill level with a few decent inclines to mix it up. We ended the trail early because I couldn't handle my legs and arms getting scratched by the vegetation. Definitely not maintained in the summer. There are a lot of tall plants and grass that are growing over the narrow path so wear long clothing. My husband is 6'4 and hovered over most of the taller plants so his arms were fine. I'm 5'3 and was more susceptible to being scratched and whacked in the face by a few of the taller ones.

7 months ago

Lots of mosquitoes if you go in the summer especially now in august, stay away they are thick and brutal

A pair of short loops, one through forest and one through prairie. White Oak Nature Trail is wide two-track dirt trail that loops through the northern-most part of the park. Signs along the trail identify some Indian mounds, but they would be hard to find without the signs. Bugs are very bad on this loop in the summer. Prairie Trail is gravel and takes you around a nice, large tallgrass prairie. I prefer the Prairie Trail loop despite the fact that it would be very hot on a sunny day. Overall, a nice pair of loops.

Just so nice and well maintained!

Beautiful place to be in nature

10 months ago

Easy trail for sure but make sure you check for ticks when you are done. I give it four stars but next time you go it needs to have been a cold winter before.

Nice trail but too short.

This place is amazing. I can only imagine how it looks in the summer and I am sure the leaves are spectacular in the fall.

I would've given it 5 stars if the trails were marked. There are too many off-shoots from the main trail, a map would be helpful.

11 months ago

Fun easy trails, barely run into anyone.

Old settlers trail is dog friendly while the hemlock trail is not. Just a heads up!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Absolutely amazing in every aspect!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

No path markers so if you just want to see the top of gander "mountain", follow the map on here. Otherwise, it's a path through the Forrest that just gets you in circles.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great moderate difficulty trail, will do it again!

Saturday, September 03, 2016


Monday, August 15, 2016

Just okay, not very challenging, some hills but poorly maintained, not too interesting

Sunday, August 14, 2016

great place to have an adventure.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Wear light pants if you go in the summer. The trail is narrow and full of plants. My legs got destroyed in shorts.

This is one of the better places to hike. There are a couple hills that were a nice challenge.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Nice shaded trail. The sections by the road can be a bit noisy, but otherwise a great outing. Be sure to bring bug spray!

Friday, July 01, 2016

if you are looking for more than your average walk in the woods this its it. Lots of up and downs. the path or should I say paths are easily visible for the most part. there are many paths that branch off. There are some areas of overgrowth, as another hiker said they could use some trail markers. nothing is really marked. I didn't see another person the entire time I was out there. I hiked nearly 6 miles. seen 1 huge wild turkey. at times the growth is so big you cannot see anything right or left of you, may be the time of year. I went in June. nice feeling of the middle of nowhere if that's your thing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trail is narrow but easily seen, although in parts the plants will be in the way a bit. Be ready for some climbs/descents too. Great views, beautiful flowers and birds. Plenty of woodland creatures to make friends with. I befriended a toad named Reginald. I went 6/22 and i guess it's strawberry picking season. Make sure you stop by Stade's Farm close by :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Absolutely fantastic trail! I have gone twice now! Granted parking on the side of the road was a little different then I am use to it worked out just fine! The sights are amazing atop the hill! The second time I went they were doing a controlled burning so we kept it a little short but it was absolutely beautiful with some SERIOUS up and down hills!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Amazing views and great changes in elevation. A small footpath for most of the way.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

good trails

trail running
Thursday, April 28, 2016

This section is part of The North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin ultra marathon races - great mix of piney woods, open fields, single and double track. A variety of trail surfaces: pine needle covered trails, sand, rocks, and mown grass. Street crossings mean you're never too far away from civilization, but this still remains one of the best natural getaways in the Chicagoland area.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

We'll come back.

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