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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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Starved Rock
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Thought this park was great! I went on a weekday so it was not very crowded. Parked in the eastern-most parking lot, walked to the lodge and walked back. Beautiful scenery and trails were numerous. There are many canyons with options to walk the rims or the floor. There were no waterfalls because it had not rained in a while. I will definitely do this one again.

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Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful trail! Many side trails through the woods as well. Very well maintained. Good advice from below is to park off of Spring Rd.

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Beaver Dam State Park Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

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Busse Woods Loop
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21 Completed 1 Reviews

I'm from Phoenix Arizona and assigned to a project in the greater Chicago area for 6 months. After running on the treadmill at my hotel for a couple of weeks i heard about this trail system. When I first heard about a wooded erea to run in I was worried about general safty. When i got there I was pleasantly surprised. I arrived at about 5:00PM and the trails were busy will bikers, runners, roller bladers and walkers. The trails are wide and paved. There was plenty of room for the people on the trail. The woods are beautiful, you forget the are in the middle of a large city. I found the trails well marked and easy to navigate. I will definatly make use of this trail system over the next few months.

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Quite hilly trails. The north trail was pretty boring actually. Old park road covered in gravel then turns into a grassy trail in the woods. Dead ends at a small lookout which was quite unimpressive. Not worth it.

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Salt Lick Point Trail
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17 Completed 12 Reviews

This is a nice hike that is connected to Johnson Trail as well. Salt Lick begins at the sign and then heads in and up the bluff right away. It eventually joins up with Johnson and another trail. Salt Lick trail turns right at the Johnson conjunction and dumps out next to Rock City and the storage depot. It is a nice hike with a little bit of elevation and was a nice challenge for my younger children, ages 5 and 6 but they were able to do this and the Johnson trail back to back.

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Johnson Trail
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17 Completed 12 Reviews

For southern IL and being so close to the Mississippi, it was a nice and fairly brief hike. Five of my children, ages 12, 10, 8, 6, and 5 were able to complete it and the climb on the backside of the bluff with relatively little problems. Not much wildlife, but some nice views once you reach the top and reach the lookouts.

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Espenscheid Forest Preserve
by E Bro

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice single track, I have alot of fun everytime i go, love this place!

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Waterfall Glen
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8 Completed 6 Reviews

Good Trail. My husband and I plan to take our bikes on this trail in the future. I have done this trail to help my train for major walks I have done for charity. Good time lots of traffic.

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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail
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8 Completed 6 Reviews

This is trail is over 4.7 miles long. You can walk up to 8 miles on this trail. I would bring a walking stick and plenty of water. Some hills so be ready to climb. Lots of nature to see, plenty of woods to enjoy.

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