Discover Some Great Hikes Near Chicago

Tree and a lake with hiking trails

Some may find it hard to believe, but there are some incredible hikes not far from the city limits of Chicago. An easy drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city, these spots offer a chance to commune with nature for a few hours and still be back to enjoy everything Chicago has to offer by evening time. Here are some of the best hikes near Chicago:

The Morton Arboretum

Found in nearby Lisle, The Morton Arboretum is a unique nature preserve in the suburbs of Chicago. Established in 1922, this 1,700-acre arboretum is filled with over 4,000 species of plants and trees. Visitors of The Morton Arboretum can walk along manicured trails through wetlands and woodlands. Perfect for all levels, these trails cover 16 miles. Scenic views include vistas of Lake Marmo, Sterling Pond, and the DuPage River. 

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Located just west of Chicago, Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve encompasses over 2,500 acres in southern DuPage County. A quick 30-minute drive from the city, Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve has miles of hiking trails that wend through Poverty Prairie and Bluff Savanna. Here, nature lovers can enjoy native flora as well as a multitude of birds. One of the highlights of the preserve is Rocky Glen, a picturesque waterfall that spills into Sawmill Creek.

Des Plaines River Trail

Just a half-hour from Chicago, Des Plaines River Trail is a year-round recreational area along the Des Plaines River. Offering almost 60 miles of trails, this area is ideal for hikers and cyclists as well as cross-country skiers. A beautiful mix of forest preserves and wetlands, the Des Plaines River Trail covers the entire length of Lake County. 

Perfectly situated in the West Loop, Catalyst Apartments makes it easy to access great hiking spots like these as well as everything else the city has to offer. Please contact us to learn more and to set up a tour.

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