McKinley Woods Hike Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you want to see deer, come to McKinley Woods. These quiet, dark woods on scenic bluffs overlooking the Des Plaines are famous for the hundreds of deer that roam its ravines. But birders will find plenty to enjoy here as well, like scarlet tanagers, cedar waxwings, and wild turkeys, thanks to the absence of crowds and the nearby water sources. And because of its steep slopes, this land has never been plowed, so the wildflowers are abundant in spring and summer. All considered, McKinley Woods is one of the best places for a quiet, woodland hike in Chicagoland, even if its rampant deer population provoked a huge controversy between locals and the Forest Preserve District of Will County. These four short, interconnected loops can be combined in a variety of ways, making a great little labyrinth to explore with your family or on your own."