Here are some of our suggestions for great recreational opportunities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
Here are a few of our favorite hikes.
More than 100 miles of paved, multi-use trails accommodate cycling, walking and in-line skating.
Friends’ Tip: Mountain bike trails are available at Deer Grove near Palatine and in the Palos Preserves.
Take your pick of ten courses, four driving ranges, or a miniature golf course, which are now maintained and run by Billy Casper Golf.
Cross Country Skiing
Skiing is permitted on all official forest preserve trails. You can rent skis, poles and boots from Sagawau Environmental Learning Center near Lemont from late December through early March. Lessons and ski tours are also available. You can also contact Camp Sagawau, 12545 W. 111th Street, Lemont, IL 60439; Phone: 630-257-2045.
The Forest Preserve District maintains some great sledding hills.
Boat rentals are available at Busse Lake near Schaumburg, Maple Lake near Willow Springs and Tampier Lake near Orland Park.
Openlands has water trail maps posted here.
You don’t need to own a horse! Guided tours can be arranged from one of eight stables that offer livery service.