Crabtree Nature Center Hike

Barrington Hills, Illinois 60010

Crabtree Nature Center Hike

Crabtree Nature Center Hike Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Situated among the rolling hills of far northwest Cook County, Crabtree Nature Center is a place that invites you to linger while admiring wildflowers, spotting waterfowl, and relishing the rapid shifts from prairie to woodland to wetland.

From the parking lot, follow the paved path to the back of the nature center. At the trail board, stay to the right (northeast) as the trail skirts the edge of Sulky Pond (formerly a sulky track sunken in the ground). The oaks hanging out over the water, the lightly wooded island, and the geese and ducks make this pond an enjoyable spot. Dogs are prohibited at Crabtree, as is picnicking."

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"If you’re looking for wildlife, this is the place. Just outside of Palatine, the lush savannas, woodlands, and wetlands at Crabtree are always filled with birds, butterflies, and deer. In just a couple miles you’ll pass through several distinct landscapes, each with its own aesthetic and naturalistic appeal. Anchored by a well-kept visitor center with hands-on exhibits for children, the gently rolling meadows and forests on the Phantom Prairie Trail are truly ghostly remnants of a much older age, when the entire Upper Midwest was carpeted with tallgrass prairies, wildflowers, and roaming herds of bison."

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Trail Information

Barrington Hills
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 .5 hours
8 a.m.–5 p.m., March–October; 8 a.m.–4 p.m., November–February; open daily except Friday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years’ Day
Available at exhibit building; USGS Streamwood, IL
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