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Chicago, IL: Deer Grove Forest Preserve

Link a network of hiking trails in Deer Grove Forest Preserve for a 9.3-mile meadow- and ravine-touring escape from the Windy City.

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The Deer Grove Forest Preserve—an 1,800-acre reserve in Cook County just outside Chicago—is home to an extensive hardwood forest sprinkled with wetlands, ravines, the occasional stream, and over 13 miles of trail. This 9.3-mile route links hiking trails on the preserve’s wooded west side with the paved bicycle path on the park’s more open and grassy east side.
From the preserve’s main parking area, follow the Orange Trail to the Yellow Trail and hike through lush, rolling woods and over several limestone bridges as it loops south. In early spring, expect to encounter a few muddy sections as you cut back through the center of the park on the Orange Trail before joining the paved path at mile 4.2. Next, follow the paved Black and Red paths on a 3.6-mile lollipop loop through more gently rolling grassland, wetlands, and picnicking sites on the park’s east side before connecting back to the Yellow Trail and dipping into a couple of ravines en route to the trailhead.
Note: Though some user trails remain, off-trail use has severely damaged natural plant and animal communities in the ravine area of Deer Grove. Please remain on main, marked trails to avoid further damage to ground cover plants and soil erosion.
-Mapped by Ted Villaire

To Trailhead

From Schaumburg, IL, take IL 53 N to the Rand Rd./US 12 exit. Turn left on Rand Rd., drive 1.2 miles and turn left on Dundee Rd. In 2.1 miles, turn right on Quentin Rd. In 0.4 mile, turn left on the park road and take the first right. Go 0.6 mile to the trailhead.

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