Ryerson Woods Trails

Lincolnshire, Illinois

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Nothing short of the most pristine forest in Illinois, Ryerson Woods should be at the top of any Chicagoan’s to-hike list, especially since its hidden-gem status keeps the crowds away. A lush canopy of maple, hickory, ash, and oak filters the sun into soft golden light year-round, while the placid Des Plaines River whispers nearby. Originally the rustic summer estate of reclusive steel magnate Edward Ryerson in the 1920s, today the woods are laced with a spider’s web of gentle trails.
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by Adam Morgan (Falcon Guides)

Nothing short of the most pristine forest in Illinois, Ryerson Woods should be at the top of any Chicagoan’s to-hike list, especially since its hidden-gem status keeps the crowds away. A lush canopy of maple, hickory, ash, and oak filters the sun into soft golden light year-round, while the placid Des Plaines River whispers nearby. Originally the rustic summer estate of reclusive steel magnate Edward Ryerson in the 1920s, today the woods are laced with a spider’s web of gentle trails.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lincolnshire
Distance: 2.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Ryerson Conservation Area
Local Maps: USGS: Wheeling, IL
Driving Directions: Directions to Ryerson Woods Trails

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May 2018