The extensive and varied Palos Trail System winds through rolling hills and deep ravines, providing beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes.
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Palos Trail System
Location: Hickory Hills, Justice, Palos Hills & Willow Springs
Estimated Total Length42.1 miles
HoursYear-round: Sunrise to Sunset
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Mountain Biking at Palos
Rolling hills, deep ravines and beautiful views make the Palos Trail System one of the premier places for mountain biking in Illinois.
The Palos Trail System also includes the only designated single track trails in the Forest Preserves. These unpaved trails are narrow and designed for mountain biking, hiking and equestrian use. E-bikes are not allowed on these trails.
Access the Palos Trail System at any of these forest preserve locations (ordered from West to East). Check out the trail maps listed above to find on-street or bikeway access points.
Start and end at Country Lane Woods
- Length: 5 miles
- Surface: Unpaved
- Terrain: Rolling
The trail starts with an old gravel country lane that provides a wide path for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing or horseback riding through the heart of the preserve. Head south along the Tan Unpaved Trail to the intersection with the Yellow Unpaved Trail. Continue southeast on the Yellow Unpaved Trail, then around to Cranberry Slough.
This ecological restoration site provides great viewing for wildlife as well as delicate woodland and prairie wildflowers.
Hike another 2.5-miles, then rejoin the northern portion of the Tan Unpaved Trail. Head south back to your starting point.
Start and end at Wolf Road Woods
- Length: 5.5 miles
- Surface: Unpaved
- Terrain: Hilly
For a more strenuous adventure, hike or mountain bike the 5.5-mile Orange Unpaved Loop trail from Wolf Road Woods. This natural trail is twisting, rocky and narrow with varied topography.
Pick up the trail just north of the parking lot at Wolf Road Woods, and continue along past scenic Tomahawk and Horsecollar Sloughs.
Follow the outer trail loop as it winds south along Archer Avenue, then east along 107th Street. This area provides colorful autumn foliage and is home to a great variety and abundance of wildlife.
From there, continue following the trail north, up a challenging incline and finally back to the starting point.