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Event Calendar

Woods Walk

Event Information

Fee: Free!

Age: All ages.

Contact Phone: 815.727.8700

Photo by Anthony Schalk

Event Details

This ongoing program runs daily from Wednesday, September 1, through Tuesday, November 30.

Please note: To participate in Forest Preserve programs, the public must follow current masking protocol. For up-to-date mask requirements, click here.

Get out and get moving! It’s the return of “Woods Walk!” Experience 10 of Will County’s best trails during their fall splendor.

Trails range from 1.5 miles to 4 miles in length, and each trail offers its own unique experience. Bring your binoculars, field guides and a camera. Trails provide great photo opportunities. You can then share your pictures on social media or even enter them into the Forest Preserve District’s Preserve the Moment photo contest, which runs through December 31.

This year's trails are:

  • Hickory Creek Bikeway to Old Plank Road Trail, Hickory Creek Junction: 3.22 miles round trip
  • Lake Renwick Bikeway, Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access: 3.6 miles round trip
  • Evans-Judge Nature Trail, Evans-Judge Preserve: 1.5 miles round trip
  • Normantown Trail, Vermont Cemetery Preserve: 2.95 miles round trip
  • Scout Trail to Plum Creek Greenway Trail, Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve: 1.5-mile loop (Dogs are not permitted on this hike because portions of the route are in a nature preserve.)
  • Spring Creek Greenway Trail, Hadley Valley – Gougar Road Access: 2.62 miles round trip
  • Wauponsee Glacial Trail – Manhattan Road Access: 3.4 miles round trip
  • Thorn Creek Nature Preserve Trail, Thorn Creek Nature Preserve: 1.95 miles round trip (Dogs are not permitted on this trail.)
  • Rock Run Greenway Trail, Theodore Marsh: 2.93 miles round trip
  • Trail of the Old Oaks, McKinley Woods – Frederick’s Grove: 1.5 miles round trip

Don’t forget to log your walks as you go. To participate, pick up a “Woods Walk” travel log at one of five visitor centers: Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Monee Reservoir in Monee Township, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Or access the log online. Complete seven of the 10 “Woods Walk” trails and receive a 2021 “Woods Walk” hiking medallion.


The deadline to submit a completed travel log to receive a medallion is December 31.

Event Requirements

No registration is required. 

Trails included in the program are either asphalt or limestone, and are located along natural surfaces and across uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering, or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.

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