Moraine Hills State Park Trail

Chicago, Illinois

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When the last glacier receded from the landscape at Moraine Hills State Park nearly 16,000 years ago, it left behind a mosaic of marshes, prairies, bogs, hills, and streams, as well as the park’s centerpiece, Lake Defiance. The landscape surrounding Lake Defiance is peppered with a series of moraines—mounds of dirt and gravel. While these glacially sculpted hills aren’t huge by any measure, they offer a welcome retreat for nearby Chicagoans.
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by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)

When the last glacier receded from the landscape at Moraine Hills State Park nearly 16,000 years ago, it left behind a mosaic of marshes, prairies, bogs, hills, and streams, as well as the park’s centerpiece, Lake Defiance.

The landscape surrounding Lake Defiance is peppered with a series of moraines—mounds of dirt and gravel. While these glacially sculpted hills aren’t huge by any measure, they offer a welcome retreat for nearby Chicagoans.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 9.5
Trail Type: Several options
Riding Time: 1 hour
Local Contacts: Il Department of Natural Resources-Moraine Hills State Park
Local Maps: DeLorme: Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 20 Moraine Hills State Park trail map, http://dnr .state.il .us/lands/Landmgt/parks /r2/morhills .htm USGS 7.5” Wauconda, Illinois quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Moraine Hills State Park Trail

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May 2018