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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

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Pecatonica River Forest Preserve
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

Pecatonica River Forrest Preserve is a county park with a fair number of campsites, plus group camping along the river. The river meanders quite a bit, during the spring it is prone to flooding the field where the group camping is.

I camped here probably over a dozen times as a youth in the BSA as well as with family. Besides the campground there are a few nice trails to take. One runs along an oxbow swamp, it has a nice observation deck to watch the wildlife from over the oxbow swamp / pond.

In the other direction of the oxbow swamp there is a trail which runs through a hilly sandprarie. This sandprarie is a fairly unique ecosystem which is home to a number of endangered species.

The trail map can be found here:
http://winnebagoforest.org/preserves/pecatonica-river/

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Veteran Acres - Sterne's Woods Hike
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24 Completed 3 Reviews

Much more than 3.5 miles here. A whole network of MTB, hike, trail running trails.

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I & M Canal State Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy pavement to run, the view is lovely love the markings on the ground .

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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

this is such a great trail in close proximity to Chicago. this hike can easily be upwards of 8 miles, plenty of side trails and beautiful sights

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Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice trail. Well kept. Well marked. Beautiful scenery. Nice rock formations. Easy and would be good for children.

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Lakewood Forest Preserve LCFP
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Well, just found out today that you can't walk your dog on a leash on these trails. I've been doing it for 14 years and never had a problem but today I got in trouble! So don't bring your dogs! Ugh, now where am I going to walk every day?!

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Paul-Wolf Trail
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Overall, the Paul-Wolf Trail is a nice hiking trail where you get nice open grasslands to forested areas. The conditions were a little muddy, but that is expected since the snow just melted.

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Lakewood Forest Preserve LCFP
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

I love Lakewood trails! If you don't know the trails very well, it's quite easy to get lost, but I take my horses on the trails almost every day! There are a couple ponds/small lakes that I take the horses swimming in as well! There are always tons and tons of deer to see and it's the most beautiful in the fall! Lots of up and down hill trails. Makes for a great workout for your horse, and people!

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One Horse Gap
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50 Completed 44 Reviews

Great Rock outcropping located in Southern IL off the River to River trail. Area is used a lot by hikers and horebackers! Nice campsite located at the bottom of the outcropping.

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Jackson Falls, Illinois
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50 Completed 44 Reviews

Great waterfall and tall bluffs make for an ideal Day Hiking adventure in the area. Truly a Southern IL Gem!

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