Morton Arboretum - East Hike

Lisle, Illinois 60532

Morton Arboretum - East Hike

Morton Arboretum - East Hike Professional Review and Guide

"Tree lovers could be busy for weeks exploring the hundreds of types of trees grouped according to geographical origin, species, and habitat. But trees are just part of the appeal of this place: the gently rolling terrain offers plenty of scenic beauty in the way of native woodlands, savannas, streams, marshes, and ponds.

For information about classes and guided tours, inquire at the visitor center. Runners are asked to use the roads rather than the trails. Dogs allowed only on designated days; check the website for details."

More Morton Arboretum - East Hike Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hidden in the western suburbs, these lush, forested hills serve as an outdoor museum for the public and a cutting-edge research facility for arborists and horticulturalists. Almost one hundred years ago, one of Chicago’s most well-known titans of industry— Joy Morton—set aside 178 acres of land on his handsome estate for the growth and preservation of his beloved trees. The grounds have since expanded to cover over 1,700 acres with more than 4,000 kinds of trees and shrubs from forty different countries. During a leisurely walk through its wood-chipped trail system, you’re strolling through forests from all over the world."

"The 1,500-acre Morton Arboretum in northeastern Illinois provides a year-round oasis for birds because of its variety of vegetation. Woods, fields, meadows, a restored prairie, streams, a river, and several small lakes and marsh areas provide habitat for some 276 bird species that have plucked the fruits, berries, insects, and other food off some of the 3,000 plant species growing here.

In spring and fall, starting at the east side, walk from the Visitor Center to Crabapple Lake to search for field birds and ducks, and then follow the IllinoisTrees Trail Loop, a 2-mile walk to search for warblers, towhees, and other passerines. You’ll pass Reed Marsh, which attracts migrating warblers when it’s wet, as well as some fields where sparrows and towhees feed."

Morton Arboretum - East Hike Reviews

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Trail was fun. We didn't complete the entire trail due to time restrictions, but the landscape was beautiful! For the most part it is mostly flat with little to no elevation change, but there is one part with a really big hill and a switchback to get down. I'd have to say the trail description is pretty accurate.

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
2 .5 hours
Grounds open daily, 7 a.m.–sunset; visitor-center hours vary seasonally
Local Contacts
Available at the entrance gate and the website below; USGS Wheaton, IL
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