Stay Fit With Our Walks

Hiking on a trail burns 102 calories per half hour. Whether you kick it in gear at a fast-paced power walk or prefer a leisurely stroll, you can get the most out of your workouts on 145 miles of trails in DuPage forest preserves. Our Forest Fitness Walks not only offer one-time fun but opportunities to come back each week to explore some of the most popular trails in the company of other outdoor enthusiasts.  

Select from one of our fall hikes, then read up on some helpful tips for your next outdoor adventure.

Forest Fitness Walk
Join a naturalist for a brisk weekly walk, and enjoy some exercise as you take in the wonders of the woods. Adults only. $4 per person per walk. Register at (630) 850-8110 or online.

Sept. 25 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Meacham Grove
Sept. 27 6 – 7:30 p.m. Greene Valley
Oct. 28:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Greene Valley
Oct. 98:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Fullersburg Woods
Oct. 308:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Philip State Park
Nov. 68:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  St. James Farm
Nov. 138:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Waterfall Glen
Nov. 208:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Mallard Lake
Dec. 48:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Oak Meadows
Dec. 118:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Blackwell
Dec. 188:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Danada

 
Hit the Trail With These Tips 

Before taking off on any trail trek, it’s always smart to be prepared. Here’s a few tips for first-time hikers. 

  • Most DuPage forest preserves are open daily from one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset.
     
  • Most trails are multipurpose. Leave room for others to pass you on the trail, especially on busy days. 
     
  • Many preserves have water pumps, and most are shown on the trail maps. Or you can bring your own water.
     
  • Make sure to have a map, and find a comfortable holder for your cell phone and keys. Look for a compact backpack or waist pack that can also accommodate a water bottle, snack, sunscreen and insect repellent.
     
  • Don’t litter, and pack out what you pack in.
     
  • Be aware of wildlife on and off the trail. 
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