Looking for a relaxing walk, strenuous hike or interesting run? The Forest Preserves of Cook County has the perfect trail for you.
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Hikers, walkers and runners can enjoy over 100 miles of paved trails and over 200 miles of unpaved trails in the Forest Preserves.
Hiking & Walking Events
Live Healthy, Discover Nature! HikeSand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
Prairie Wolf PartyLittle Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480
Ski the White Winter WaveSagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Valentine’s Day Night HikeLittle Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480
Hike the Preserves: Fitness HikeSauk Trail Woods-Central • South Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Hike the Preserves: Walk & Talk HikeDan Ryan Woods Visitor Center • Chicago, IL 60620
Warm Hearts, Cold Noses HikeTrailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305
Wild Winter WarmupLittle Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480
Yoga in the WoodsLittle Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480
Black History Month: Underground Railroad HikesSand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
The Des Plaines River and the Underground RailroadTrailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305
Trail Rules & Etiquette
- Trail users are asked to be polite and courteous to fellow patrons.
- Off-trail riding is prohibited.
- Trail users must ride or walk on the right side of the trail.
- Trail users must give an audible warning before passing others. Announce yourself and slow down to pass.
- Patrons must obey all signs.
- Speeding is not allowed.
- Dogs must be leashed and in control on right side of trail.
- Helmets are recommended for all riders, and required for riders 14 and under.
- Bicyclists and horses must ride single-file.
- Stop only on shoulder of the trail.
- Ride at a responsible, controlled speed. No racing is allowed.
- Trail use involves risk, please review our Trail Risk Statement.
- Trail users must stay in their own lane.
- Bicycles must be walked down overpasses.
- Equestrian use of paved trails is prohibited.
- Bicyclists and equestrians must stay on designated trails.
- Bicyclists must yield to hikers and equestrians.
- Hikers must yield to equestrians.
- Trail users must ask permission to pass equestrians.
- Trail usage is prohibited in muddy conditions.
- Horses must be licensed.
Nature Center Trails
- Nature Center trails are intended for walking. Bikes, pets, horses and cross-country skiing are not allowed.
- Nature Center trails are open only during posted Nature Center hours.
- Walk horses between stable and trail.
- Slow to a walk or slow trot when meeting other riders, hikers or bicyclists.
- Do not race horses—always keep horses under control.
- Stallions are not permitted on trails.
- Be humane and kind to your horse.
- The only permitted gaits are walk, trot or slow canter. No galloping, please.
- Horses may not be hitched to trees.