Forest Hikes

Stay Fit With Our Walks

Did you know that 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 Hikes 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 hikes, then read up on some helpful tips for your next outdoor adventure.


Upcoming Forest Hikes

Gear up to enjoy some healthy exercise with one of our naturalists as you walk between 3 5 miles while exploring the wonders of the preserves. Adults only. $3 per person in advance; $5 at the walk. Register online or call 630-850-8110.

(None scheduled at this time. Please check back later.)

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.