Stay Fit With Our Walks and Rides

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 spring 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) 850-8112 or online.

May 228:30 – 10:30 a.m. Blackwell
May 246 – 7:30 p.m. West DuPage Woods
May 316 – 7:30 p.m. Hidden Lake
June 58:30 – 10:30 a.m. Fullersburg Woods
June 76 – 7:30 p.m. Churchill Woods
June 12 (10-Mile Hike)    8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.    Waterfall Glen
June 146 – 7:30 p.m. Mallard Lake
 
Forest Fitness Ride 
Bring your bike and join a ranger and naturalist for some healthy exercise on these 10- to 18-mile rides. Ages 18 and up. $6 per person in advance; $8 at the ride. Register online or at 630-850-8110. 
 
May 14             8:30 – 11:30 a.m.      Spring Creek Reservoir
June 11 9 a.m. – NoonDanada
June 148:30 – 11:30 a.mWest Branch

 

 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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