Sports and Recreation
We fight for the forest preserves so we all can enjoy them. From hiking to sledding to fishing, the forest preserves are waiting for you. Here are some of our suggestions for great recreational opportunities in the forest preserves of Cook County.
Whether you’re hiking near home or exploring a new preserve, all hikes in the forest preserves of Cook County offer beautiful spots to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and if you are lucky, to see wildlife! To get the most of your hike bring water, snacks, and wear proper shoes and clothing. Please respect and follow forest preserve rules, and encourage others to do so too, including: removing your garbage and leaving plants and animals where they are.
More than 100 miles of paved, multi-use trails can be found throughout the county. Get out and enjoy nature while getting a little exercise.
More than 40 Forest Preserve District lakes are managed for recreational sport fishing.
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 and Snowshoeing
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all official forest preserve trails and are a fun way to enjoy the preserves in the winter.
The Forest Preserve District maintains some great sledding hills.
You don’t need to own a horse! Guided tours can be arranged from one of six stables that rent horses.
There are currently five campsites in the forest preserves, each one offering different activities and unique lodging options.