Any forest preserve/nature recommendations around Chicago & burbs for a 6-9 mile walk? Wish there were some accessible hikes, but… we are living in Midwest.

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This is my favorite - it’s 9.5 miles


3rd - we go a few times a month

Swallow Cliffs is another good option:


Second both of those above, also like Deer Grove and pretty much anything in the Palos preserves. Did Busse Woods today (~7.5 miles, a little close to the road for my taste, but does include sightings of the actual elk in Elk Grove)


McDowell forest preserve. It’s massive, the prairie path spans multiple towns. Where I ran both of my marathons.

Palos Woods- has a few hills, mixed use trail for running, walking, biking, and even occasionally horseback rides. Beautiful & quiet!

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