| Story by Meghan McMahon |
Telling someone to “take a hike” is often associated with a direct, albeit rude, way to end an unwanted interaction. But this summer, let this phrase serve instead as an encouraging, gentle nudge to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and physical activity.
Whether you want to work up a sweat or just spend time in nature, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has miles and miles of trails perfect for hiking or walking — more than 125 miles actually. The District’s preserves include paved, crushed limestone and natural surface trails in every corner of the county.
Hiking our trails
You can find a good place for a walk in just about any Will County forest preserve, but here are a few of our favorites, along with information about the length of the trail segments and the kinds of habitats they pass through.
Many of the trails within the preserves connect with others, creating a regional network of trails for people to use for hiking, biking, horseback riding and other activities. Since many trails are not looped, keep in mind that your return trip will be just as far as your initial jaunt. Plan accordingly, so you don’t wear yourself out on your way back.