Spears Woods

blazing star flowers in bloom in an open area at Spears Woods.
Photo by Alice Brandon.

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Location & Things to Do

Spears Woods


96th Ave, south of W 87th St
Cook County, IL 60480
(near Willow Springs)

Things to Do & Amenities

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

Picnic Groves

  • Grove #1
    • Capacity: 200 people
Event Permits PageGrove PDF Map of Spears Woods


Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Palos Trail System

The extensive and varied Palos Trail System winds through rolling hills and deep ravines, providing beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes.

Location: Hickory Hills, Justice, Palos Hills & Willow Springs



Estimated Total Length

42.1 miles


Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

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

volunteers at Spears Woods. Photo by Michelle Murawski.
Photo by Michelle Murawski.

Volunteer Opportunities

Named after the farming whose dairy once occupied the land, Spears Woods includes woods, wetlands, and prairie knolls. Restoration activities focus on the removal of invasive plants like honeysuckle and barberry. Main tools used are loppers and hand saws. Weather permitting, volunteers will build and burn brush piles.