Morton Arboretum Trails

Lisle, Illinois

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Lisle
Distance: 4.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Best Times: Year-round
Local Contacts: Hidden Lake County Forest Preserve
Local Maps: USGS: Wheaton, IL
Driving Directions: Directions to Morton Arboretum Trails

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May 2018