Deer Grove Trail

Deer Grove Nature Preserve, Illinois

Elevation Gain181ft
Trailhead Elevation781ft
Elevation Min/Max740/790ft
Elevation Start/End781/781ft

Deer Grove Trail

Deer Grove Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Cook County, Illinois. It is within Deer Grove Nature Preserve. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 781 feet altitude. There is a water well along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Yellow Trail Loop (5.4 Mi), Palatine Bike Trail and Deer Grove Bicycle Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Chicago-4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Ted Villaire
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"The rolling landscape at Deer Grove is blanketed with thick groves of oak, hickory, and maple. Mixed in with the dense forest are ravines, marshes, ponds, and the occasional stream straddled by picturesque old limestone bridges. Dogs must be leashed. If you’re visiting after a rain, plan on getting some mud on your shoes. During summer, bring mosquito repellent. In winter, Deer Grove is popular with cross-country skiers."
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Adam Morgan
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"Nearly a century after its creation, the oldest forest preserve in Cook County is arguably its most popular. Beloved by hikers, cyclists, campers, skiers, equestrians—and even model plane enthusiasts—the tranquil woods of Deer Grove are one of the few tracts of real wilderness in Illinois, spared from the farming industry thanks to its early purchase in 1916. This steady walk through shady oaks and hickories takes you through the denser, quieter western side of the preserve for an intimate look at an unspoiled forest."

Deer Grove Trail Trip Reports

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This beautiful, well marked trail was enjoyable on a hot summer day. Ample shade, steep ravines and some mowed clearings made for a moderate and relaxing hike. Unfortunately, this time of year is very dry and August is usually a drought so we missed out on those snaking rivers that run across the trail. I'd recommend going in late spring. There was also a beach and sand volleyball, which made for a great picnic. My favorite part about this hike was that hunters and hikers follow the same trail but the park assures there have been no accidents, lol. Hope you enjoy!
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With my experience, I cannot give a full review of this trail due to lack of day light. However, I would like to post a "heads up." If you are familiar with the area, you may know that the old park roads are NOT for bikes, but the criss-crossing single track does not have any posted signs restricting this access. The warning is this, if you''re on the old park roads, keep your eyes peeled for 1/2" steel cables strung across the road. These cables (at brake lever height) will stop you in a hurry, and do wonders to your bike and body. Once I fix my bike and body, I''ll give you teh full review of the single track.
Happy trails!

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Just to let you know Deer Grove is not all that. You can now only ride on the main trail. All of the good single track has been closed down to Mountain Bikers. So, it is now BORING to just ride the main loop.

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Trail Information

Deer Grove Nature Preserve
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Deer Grove Nature Preserve
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
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Local Contacts
Forest Preserves of Cook County offers a map on its website: USGS Lake Zurich, IL
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