Chicago Botanic Garden Hike

Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Chicago Botanic Garden Hike

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"If you love to see carefully selected flowers, trees, and bushes growing in perfectly landscaped environments, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a slice of heaven. While the interior gardens are justifiably the main attraction here, many visitors miss the additional gardens, the prairie and woodland, and the striking views that accompany a walk through the outer perimeter of the garden, highlighted on this hike.

Most of the hike is accessible; the parts that aren’t—Mary Mix McDonald Woods, Evening Island, and Marsh Island—are easily skipped. Pets prohibited but service animals welcome."

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"Nestled in the forests of Chicagoland’s upscale North Shore, the Chicago Botanic Gardens lie on nine fertile islands surrounded by quiet lakes. This tranquil stroll encircles the lakes—providing one-of-a-kind views of the islands—but also features easy access points to the twenty-three display gardens across the water via land bridges. When Chicago’s founders decided on a motto for the city, “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden), these 300 acres are surely what they had in mind."

Chicago Botanic Garden Hike Trip Reports

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A must do if living in the region. Who doesn't like a botanic garden. Watch for special exhibits of interest.
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We enjoyed the woods trail very much on this cool fall day. While we were always in the woods, we never totally escaped the outside traffic noise. But, after a while, it was easy enough to ignore. The trail is grass and dirt and on a wetter day, probably mud. But, there are enough hills and alternate trails to make it interesting. We hiked about five miles but did have to cover the same trail several times to do it. The park office is only open on the weekends so we were not able to pick up the Interpretative Trail guide. Maybe next time! We'd like to return to this trail at least once in each season. Wildlife was scarce - even birds - on the day we were there. It was still pleasurable, though.

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1 hour
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Pick up a map at the visitor center or print one out at /visit/map USGS Highland Park, IL
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