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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.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

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Swallow Cliff Woods
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Well those stairs will kick your a$$ into next week...but they can be avoided. I love walking here...lots of trails and people and horse riders...great place!

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Starved Rock
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Very crowded park. I have done many different trails in this park, some better then others. I have had some great times here but it is just way to crowded and trash everywhere, this has always been true since I started hiking there as a kid. I would drive 15 min further and go to Matthieson State Park. The best time to go is in Feb. when the water falls have frozen over.

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Matthiessen State Park
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

This is the park that got me to love hiking. I have been here countless times and can say anything bad about it. The trail that you hike along the river is beatiful and different to the rest of illinois, you can also take a smaller trail to met the river. There is a longer trail above the river and it is in the forest. At the biggest of the waterfalls you can climb a very large rock and use the falls as a water slide. In my opinion it is way better then the more popular Starved Rock state park near by.

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Brookfield Zoo - Chicago
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I love the zoo.

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Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Awesome trails and wonderful nature.

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Big Rock Forest Preserve Trail
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13 Completed 11 Reviews

Refreshing to find this little park amongst all the fields. Some limestone trails, but there are several stretches of mown grass for those that like a bit more variation in their run...not to mention softer foot falls. Looking forward to exploring more of the area soon.

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Bode & Schaumburg
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Awesome place to fish catch a lot of panfish. But also catch bass, pike, Muskie, carp. A good place to go if you wanna get away for a little bit.

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Farmdale Recreation Area
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Alot of different trails based on ability. sometimes difficult to find your way back to the trail head. Super fun part of park with jumps and obstacles near trail head.

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Lake Katherine Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Very easy trail....flat, no inclines, no fuss. The trail path is covered in mulch. There are lots of interesting sites to see around the lake. Butterfly gardens, herb gardens, identified trees, lots of benches, (and the day we went) 3 wedding parties taking photographs. Enjoyable easy walk around the lake. Very dog and children friendly.

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North Fork Trail Clinton Lake
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Not terrible for the middle of Illinois. Mostly the same scenery through the woods the majority of the time. Can only see the lake for 1-2 miles. No real good viewpoints of the lake.

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