Shoe Factory Road Woods Trail

Hanover Park, Illinois

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One of the quietest and most isolated spots in all of Chicagoland, Poplar Creek is literally teeming with flora and fauna. But the woods surrounding Shoe Factory Road are also an ominous centerpiece in Illinois folklore, because of two supposedly “haunted” structures that once stood nearby. Today, several wide trails skirt the perimeters of peaceful prairies where countless wildflowers blossom every summer. On the gentle trail featured here, you can explore stone ruins in dark patches of forest and watch songbirds frolic in bright, exposed grasslands.

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"One of the quietest and most isolated spots in all of Chicagoland, Poplar Creek is literally teeming with flora and fauna. But the woods surrounding Shoe Factory Road are also an ominous centerpiece in Illinois folklore, because of two supposedly “haunted” structures that once stood nearby. Today, several wide trails skirt the perimeters of peaceful prairies where countless wildflowers blossom every summer. On the gentle trail featured here, you can explore stone ruins in dark patches of forest and watch songbirds frolic in bright, exposed grasslands."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanover Park
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Shoe Factory Road Woods
Local Maps: USGS: Streamwood, IL
Driving Directions: Directions to Shoe Factory Road Woods Trail

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May 2018