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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail

Palos Park, IL

Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop is a 4.75 mile loop trail located near Palos Park, Illinois that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

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Swallow Cliff Woods
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We hiked and rucked. Loved the stairs, pretty and quiet nature. Lots of horses (like!!), mostly flat.

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Chicago Lakeshore Path: North Hike
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10 Completed 10 Reviews

Am a Chicagoan, born and raised. If you haven't walked, run, or biked this trail I refuse to say you're a resident. The views are amazing, from the beautiful lake, to the art, the city, and eventually leading into the suburbs.

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Little Grand Canyon Trail
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28 Completed 14 Reviews

This was a great trail. Hiked it in the fall. Fall colors were at a peak. The trail itself can be dangerous going down and coming up walking through the chutes cut into the rock bluff . There are steps cut into the rock to help negotiate the steeper portions of the descent; however those can still be slick. Best to hike this trail when there has been little rain. This is not a trail for small children. However, there is a 1 mile hike out to an observation point that smaller children could hike. And as an extra bonus this trail is near the Pamona winery. Be sure and stop and sample the Apple wines.

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Cove Hollow Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

The trail markers need refreshed and the signage replaced. Otherwise I really enjoyed this trail. Definitely going back.

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Pyramid State Park, IL 10 Mile Loop Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Very well kept park. Plenty of signage to find your way around. With major trail being used by equestrians there are some areas that are a bit torn up. Nothing horrible. My dog jumped into a small black pond and came out dripping black stuff. Not sure what it was but it's the second time since we came to Southern Illinois that it's happened. Overall a really good experience.

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Fox River Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

your can enjoy the as scenery, but the difficulty is wrong, this is a very easy trail that is paved all the way, nothing challenging about it.

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Lake Defiance Trail Loop
by Cheryl OMalley

7 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice trail, easy with minimal elevations. Late October hike the leaves are gone, but still some birds and reptiles to see (turtles an garter snakes).

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Took the whole family this past weekend. Little legs worked hard up some of the hills. Aspen trail was a favorite on the Northside of the park. High Point trail did not offer that great of an 'outlook' spot to view the river. On the Southside we drove to the outlook points which were incredible. The trails were too difficult for the preschooler in our group.

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Springbrook Prairie Preserve
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice area for conditioning work between hikes. I prefer the route to the east, under the road & away from most of the foot traffic. Seems some of the trails in the woods haven't been recut? Hopefully they will be maintainenced soon.

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Springbrook Prairie Preserve
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice area for conditioning work between hikes. I prefer the route to the east, under the road & away from most of the foot traffic. Seems some of the trails in the woods haven't been recut? Hopefully they will be maintainenced soon.

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