Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve – Darien
Oldfield Oaks has a 0.6-mile South Loop Trail and a 1.1-mile limestone North Loop Trail, which weaves through mature oak woodlands and restored prairie and has several switchbacks that offer uphill and downhill hiking. Learn more.
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve - Wheaton
The 887-acre Herrick Lake Forest Preserve is home to an impressive variety of wildlife. Ecologists have recorded more than 254 types of year-round and migrating wildlife among the preserve’s 470 different types of plants. Here you can enjoy more than 7 miles of trails, including a section of nationally designated Danada-Herrick Lake Regional Trail. Learn more.
Fullersburg Woods and Graue Mill Loop – Oak Brook
Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook offers a 220-acre prime wildlife haven in an urban setting, hosting a wide variety of wildlife, nesting songbirds, and spring and fall migratory birds, especially warblers. It is home to the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, which offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and native wildlife on display, and the historic Graue Mill and Museum, which features the only operating waterwheel gristmill in Illinois in its original spot. Learn more.
Hidden Lake Forest Preserve – Downers Grove
The 390-acre Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove is an ideal place to fish, paddle, picnic or just relax. It features two lakes and a river, trails, fishing, boating and picnic areas, including a new picnic shelter. More than 2 miles of trails wind through Hidden Lake, making it a great destination for hikers, joggers, birders and other wildlife watchers. Learn more.
Illinois Prairie Path & Great Western Prairie – Elmhurst
The Illinois Prairie Path, paralleling Wild Meadows Trace in Elmhurst, was the first successful "rail-to-trail" conversion in the United States in the mid-1960s. The trail is named for its rare segments of original, thousand-year-old prairies, one of which – the Great Western Prairie – is right here in Elmhurst. With 62 total miles of biking, hiking, jogging, equestrian and nature trails, approximately five miles of the lush, beautiful Prairie Path runs through Elmhurst. Learn more.
Wolf’s Crossing Community Park – Naperville
Check out this latest addition to Naperville Park District’s active family offerings. It will not disappoint! A 1.4-mile paved trail loops around this large park. View open fields, prairie and a nature area along the trail. A trail connection leads to the Vermont Cemetery Preserve and to regional trails. Parking, restrooms and picnic shelters are provided, along with many other park amenities. After your hike, enjoy the extensive amenities of Wolf’s Crossing Park with a splash pad, playground, challenge course (ages 13+), fitness hill, skate park, basketball and pickleball courts. Learn more.