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Anyone know any good, free trails in the Chicago area? Something scenic and not just a strait path?
If you’re up for a longer trip, Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area in Oakwood has some great trails- 30+ miles, well marked, and they have equestrian camping facilities.
Here’s a list of state parks & recreation areas with trails open to horses: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Programs/Camping/equestrian_camptrails.htm
Hopefully some of them are a little closer for you!
We polled our Facebook fans, and they had some great suggestions, too:
“Tons of trails in northern illinois – google millenium trails near wauconda, il or chain of lakes state park if you go north to wisc.”
“Stoney Run State Park in Crown Point, IN. Great trails located 30 miles from Chicago.”
“Crushed lime and challenging deer paths, Palos trail system in Cook county. Barrington Hills for grass trails. Kankakee grass trails with river access. Mathiassen state park in Oswego for challenging dirt and grass”
“Cook county trails require a license, Will county trails are free & Kankakee is too. There should be information &/or trail maps online”
“Barrington Hills, free and miles of trails”
“Dupage county near Chicago has milrs of trails. Many crushed lime. Free. Booklet available from dupage forest preserve.”
Hope that helps! Be safe and have a great ride 🙂
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I don’t know how far outside of Chicago you’re willing to travel, but in the Rockford area (about 90 minutes northwest of Chicago) there are two wonderful, scenic, free parks with many miles of wooded and open trails. The first is Rock Cut State Park ( http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r1/rockcut.htm#Horseback ) which also has camping, and the other is Lockwood Park/Anna Page Park ( http://www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/lockwood ) which doesn’t have camping, but it does have marvelous trails. I hope this helps!
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