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All Seasons



Bikers can enjoy over 100 miles of paved bicycle trails and over 200 miles of multi-use trails in the Forest Preserve.

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Enjoy horseback riding on the District’s multi-use trail system.


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inline skating

Inline Skating

Inline skaters can enjoy over 100 miles of paved bicycle trails in the Forest Preserve.


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dog friendly area

Off-Leash Dog Areas

Large open spaces allow your dog to run, fetch and play uninhibited and unrestrained.

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Model Airplanes

Enjoy model airplane flying at one of our nine designated flying fields.


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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the landowner of the Oak Park Tennis Club.

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hiking and walking

Hiking and Walking

Get some exercise, or just relax and enjoy the many miles of bicycle and multi-use trails throughout the County.

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model boating

Model Boating

There are five locations for model boating located throughout the District.


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special activities

Special Activities

Interested in hosting your sporting event in one of our groves? Find out how.


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Aquatics Centers

Swim at one of the Forest Preserve’s three aquatic centers, located in Chicago, Lyons and Calumet City.

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The lakes and rivers of Cook County are an excellent place for boating.

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Bird watching is one of the most popular recreational activities in America.

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Experience what it’s like to camp overnight in the forest preserves starting in summer 2015. Camp Alphonse is currently available for Youth Organization Camping.

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Fishing in the lakes, ponds and streams of the FPDCC is enjoyed by tens of thousands of people each year.

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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s 10 golf courses and four driving ranges offer something for every golfer.

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The picnic groves at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County are the perfect place for you to picnic.

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Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is fast becoming the most popular winter pastime in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

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ice fishing

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing is permitted during the winter season at 22 designated lakes and sloughs throughout the County.

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Sledding and Coasting

Nothing says winter fun like sledding and coasting. The Forest Preserve District offers 10 hills for sledding.

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Snowmobile at 5 designated locations in Cook County.

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Ice Skating

Ice skating is permitted on a number of Forest Preserve District lakes on a “skate at your own risk” basis.

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