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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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Starved Rock
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

One of the most amazing park it went to! I never get tired to go to this park each year, but I don't recommend this park if you don't want like to climb cliffs or walk long distances.

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Bell Smith Springs Trail
by Roxanne Hicks

13 Completed 9 Reviews

Can't say enough about this little gem! It's by far the most beautiful trail ice hiked so far in southern Illinois Shawnee National Forest. To find it go south out of Harrisburg, IL on hwy 34/145 to delwood. Stay on Hwy 145 south until u see sign for Bell Smith Springs. Follow this rd and the signs to Bell Smith Springs. We started on trail to far left down to the natural arch until we discovered the white diamond trail. It was a tough intense trail but ended with a sign that the white diamond trail was not maintained beyond this point about 1 hour in so we turned around crossed stream and checked out the natural arch then back up to the parking lot. 2 hour hike total and I felt it! Going to return to check out 3 other trails there as well as a spot called burden falls.

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Bell Smith Springs Trail
by Roxanne Hicks

13 Completed 9 Reviews

Can't say enough about this little hidden gen

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Rush Creek Conservation District
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Lovely hike there today. It was beautiful out so it was surprising we only ran into one other person. We did the whole long hiking loop. relatively flat but a nice long hike.

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Cove Hollow Trail
by Roxanne Hicks

13 Completed 9 Reviews

Awesome trail w some tough spots. Took low trail in then backtracked and took a high trail over falls and cave until the trail disappeared. Definitely goin back to this one!

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Little Grand Canyon Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

WOW! What can I say that others haven't already said about this place? Well worth the drive and taking a wrong turn! FYI....when you come to the Y take it right and you are there.....take it left and you come to the mobile home with the grave in the front yard and you've gone too far! Turn around and go back! Don't ask for directions! LOL This place is great. Did the whole 3.6 miles. Well worth your time and effort!

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Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Loop
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44 Completed 1 Reviews

Maybe it will be better when things bloom. Trail around the marsh was too muddy to try.

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Van Patten Woods LCFP
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The trail is nice. There aren't really any hills, for Illinois that is. Most of the trail has horse prints so watch your feet when running, walking would be easy. This will probably go away after a good rain. I ran the entire trail and once the leaves come in it will be awesome. I will be going back.

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Tour de Fox Ridge
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We have hiked this park several times and we always love it! It's maintained fairly well; we did encounter some blowdown and a bridge out, but we maneuvered through it all just fine. I probably wouldn't label the trails as "very difficult" but there are quite a few steps. It's a beautiful state park only an hour from us.

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Chief Illini Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We just hiked an hour in and an hour back out, at a pretty quick pace, but we have plans to hike the whole thing in the next month. If you start at Eagle Creek SP, like we did, you will need to cross the road from where you park to find the trail head. Trail maintenance is lacking, but not surprising considering our state's finances. We actually LOVED this trail, and felt like we were way out in the timber for once instead of just off the road. There were a few spots that we had to hunt for the orange tags tied around the trees, to mark the trail.

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