Sauk Trail Woods

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Locations & Things to Do

Sauk Trail Woods includes multiple locations:


Sauk Trail Woods-North

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Sauk Trail Woods-East

Entrance

Forest Preserve Dr, south of W 26th St
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Portable bathroom open May 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Sauk Trail Woods-Central

Entrance

Forest Preserve Dr, south of W 26th St
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Things to Do & Amenities

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Sauk Trail Woods-South

Entrance

Forest Preserve Dr, north of W Sauk Trail
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Portable bathroom open May 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Schubert’s Woods

Entrance

Sauk Trail, west of Ashland Ave
Cook County, IL 60475
(near Steger)

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


King’s Grove

Entrance

Ashland Ave, south of Sauk Trail
Cook County, IL 60475
(near Steger)

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Portable bathroom open May 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Trails

Thorn Creek Trail System

The Thorn Creek Trail System's nearly 20 miles of paved and unpaved trails connect multiple forest preserves, winding past lakes, wetlands and woodlands.

Location: Calumet City, Chicago Heights, Glenwood, Lansing, Lynwood, Park Forest & South Holland

Surface

Paved & Unpaved

Estimated Total Length

29.9 miles

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

*Please be a courteous trail user: Follow posted signs and our trail rules and etiquette.

Cinnabar chanterelles at Schubert's Woods Near Sauk Lake. Photo by John Denk.
Cinnabar chanterelles at Schubert’s Woods Near Sauk Lake. Foraging and picking is prohibited in the Forest Preserves. Photo by John Denk.

Nature Notes

Sauk Trail Lake was formed when Thorn Creek was dammed and water filled the steep walls of the creek banks.

As Thorn Creek flows into the Little Calumet River, it is a popular stopping point for migratory birds in late fall and early spring. Visitors have seen wood ducks, osprey, white-eyed vireos, yellowthroats and towhees. Hikers can see gray-headed coneflower, Rudbeckia and fragrant plants like mountain mint along the trail. A marsh in the northwest corner of the preserve is home to aquatic plants and grasses.