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Best Fall Hikes & Photo Ops on Line

 

It is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the weather and the fall foliage. There are some great hiking trails close to the train so grab your camera and you might just capture this years Christmas card photo.

Park Ridge – Dee Road Metra Station

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In Park Ridge if you get off at the Dee Road Metra Station you can walk to Wildwood Nature Center. This park has 5 acres to explore including gardens, ponds and walking paths. Perfect for families with children. The park is about a fifteen minute walk from the train. If you are up for a more adventurous hike you walk a little further west on West Sibley Ave, and pick up the Des Plaines river trail.

Wildwood Nature Center
529 Forest View
Park Ridge, IL 60068


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Des Plaines

In Des Plaines you can pick up the Des Plaines River Trail. The trail as you might expect from it’s name, follows the Des Plaines River through prairies, wetlands, and wooded areas. The surface varies and is primarily crushed stone and packed dirt. This is not a trail you would want to hike in rainy weather. Great opportunity to view some great fall foliage. From the Des Plaines Metra Station head southeast and turn left onto Pearson St, right on Miner St. and the trail can be picked up on the corner of Miner St. and River Road. The trail is about .2 miles from the station.

Map of the trail http://fpdcc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/DesPlainesTrail-North.pdf

Crystal Lake

Veterans Acres and Sterns Woods are in Crystal Lake. The downtown Metra Station is about a ten minute easy walk from Veterans Acres which also connects to Sterns Woods. There is one busy road you will need to cross. The easiest way to enter the park for those taking the train will be at the Nature Center located at 330 N Main St.  This is a great park for families with children. The park has a pond, trails and playground equipment.


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