North Branch Trail

Explore for an Hour, a Day, or Even a Night: North Zone

From boating and biking to birdwatching and fishing, there are numerous ways to experience the great outdoors in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, Cook County residents and visitors can find ways to explore the Forest Preserves for an hour, a day, or even a night.

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Postcards from the North Branch Trail

From August 11 to October 15, the Forest Preserves of Cook County challenges you to send Postcards from the North Branch Trail.

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North Branch Trail Extension Completed

Woodland path links two major trail systems   On September 13, the Forest Preserves and Chicago Botanic Garden officially opened a new mile-long extension of the northern end of the North Branch Trail. The new path connects two major bike routes, the North Branch Trail and the Green Bay Trail.  

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Enhancing Our Preserves for the Next 100 Years

If you’ve been out in the forest preserves lately, you may have encountered a sign that read: “Enhancing Our Preserves for the Next 100 Years.” As we celebrate our centennial, we are breaking ground on a number of projects throughout the preserves to help restore native ecosystems, enhance facilities and add exciting new possibilities.  

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