Trail Closures, Prescribed Burns & Other Work

Centennial Trail Related Closures

The Centennial Trail is closed from Willow Springs Road to IL Route 83 from May 15, 2013 until early 2016. As an alternate, bicyclists can use the John Husar I&M Canal Trail, which connects to Centennial Trail at IL Route 83. Click here for more details.


NEW: Centennial Trail Alternate Route Connection Closed August – September 2014
From August 1 through September 30 the connection between the Centennial Trail and John Husar I&M Canal Trail at the IL Route 83 bridge is closed while IDOT makes improvements. This new closure affects the current alternate route put in place while a portion of Centennial Trail is closed. See the map below for details on both closures:



Little Red Schoolhouse Related Closures

Due to construction, Farm Pond and Black Oak Trails will be closed starting July 8. The west entrance to the building will be closed as well, but the east entrance (by the outdoor raptor cages) remains open and ready for the public.


Trailside Museum Related Closures

Several construction projects are taking place this summer and fall at Trailside Museum. The parking lot, walkways and interior will get a makeover. We’re also installing a new accessible walkway and accessible seating in our outdoor Nature Play Area. Please call Trailside at (708) 366-6530 before planning your trip.


LATEST: Trailside’s building is closed until late August for improvements. Outdoor exhibits and grounds are open. Summer programming will not be impacted and is still ongoing, weather dependent. Thatcher Glen Parking Lot is closed for improvements.


Thorn Creek Bicycle Trail Related Closures

The existing multi-use trail north and west of Sweet Woods will be closed with barricades while during construction of the new bicycle trail. Click here for more information on this project and a map of areas under construction.


Cal-Sag Trail Extension

The new 26-mile Cal–Sag Trail will be the primary east-west multi-purpose trail in the south suburbs, linking the Centennial and I&M Canal trails in the west to the Burnham Greenway and Chicago Lakefront trails in the east. The Forest Preserves of Cook County will construct 7.1 miles of the trail through Lemont, Willow Springs and Palos Park. Click here for more information on this project and a map of areas under construction.


Emerald Ash Borer Tree Removals

Poplar Creek Region – Trees are currently being REMOVED along trails  due to impacts from Emerald Ash Borer.  Removals are occurring from I-90 south along Sutton/59, Bartlett Rd, and Barrington Rd, until Schaumburg Rd.  Work should be completed by early summer 2014.

Busse Woods Area - Trees are currently being REMOVED -mostly due to impacts from Emerald Ash Borer, from I-90 south along Arlington Heights Rd, until Cosman Rd and along the paved bike trail and in several groves.  Removal work should be completed before April 2014.

Sag Valley Region Trails -  Trees are currently being REMOVED in the Sag Valley Division on trails due to impacts from Emerald Ash Borer. Removal work is beginning November 25, 2013 west of Teason’s Woods (104th Ave.) along the multi-use trails and will continue the winter months of 2014. Removals will start east of Teason’s Woods (104th Ave.) February 12, 2014. Removal work should be completed before April 2014.


North Branch Trail Northern Extension

The northern .8 mile extension will start at the north end of the Botanic Garden and connect to the Greenbay Trail, Lake County and to Metra and PACE Lines. Click here for more information on this project and a map of areas under construction.


North Branch Southern Trail Extension

Phase II – Archaeological investigations being conducted by National History Survey to determine past inhabitants along the alignment of the future trail. Trees marked with white paint at this point have been identified to be worked around and the Forest Preserves will make every effort to avoid damage or removal of these trees during construction. Click here for more information on this project.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County