Hiking

Over 145 miles of on-foot explorations from seldom-traveled footpaths to wide limestone trails. Most of the individual trails in the forest preserves below are open to hikers, joggers, snowshoers and wildlife-watchers, but a handful may have seasonal or site-specific restrictions. Please refer to individual forest preserve maps, if available, for details.

Hiking Guidlines

  • The use of Forest Preserve District trails does not require a permit or have an associated fee.
  • Walk or jog on the right side of the trail; stay in single file when in groups.
  • Announce “passing on your left” when doing so.
  • Approach horses slowly, and allow extra room. Never pass a horse on a bridge; bridges can make even experienced animals nervous.
  • Avoid cross-country ski tracks.
  • Keep dogs leashed at all times, and clean up any pet waste.
  • Be aware of wildlife both on and off the trail. Remember, you are a visitor in their habitat.
  • Practice “leave no trace.” Whatever you bring into a forest preserve, take out.
  • To preserve nature’s quiet and solitude, refrain from making any loud sounds.

On the Trails

Take in the scenery while enjoying your favorite trail activities.

Click here to read our latest trails guide, which has trail tips and maps of our 24 most-popular preserves.

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