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'Woods Walk' Hiking and Travel Log Submission Deadlines Near

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Only a few weeks remain in the “Woods Walk” challenge, so bundle up and get moving to complete the program before it ends on November 30.

And don’t forget to turn in your travel log, which lists the trails you have tackled, by the December 31 deadline to receive a prize or two for your efforts. Walk seven of 10 preselected trails to get a collector's medal; walk all 10 to receive a second prize.


The self-paced hiking program, which was resurrected this year after a two-year hiatus, began September 1 and has drawn hundreds of participants. One thousand Woods Walk hiking guides were distributed and participants have come from several counties throughout Illinois as well as Indiana. Walkers who have submitted their travel logs so far have given the program rave reviews.

Here are some of the comments that have been submitted:

  • “I love this! Such a cool idea to get out and see different preserves. Fall is a perfect time. Please keep this up every year!”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the walks and seeing trails that I normally would not have gone to. My favorites were Thorn Creek and Messenger Woods. … We had a group of us that completed this together and we are already talking about our plans for next year.”
  • “Completed all 10! … The walk has been so fun and connected me to a lot of new friends as we did this together.”
  • “First of all, thank you for having this fun adventure! I currently reside in Cook County. My boyfriend and I go away from this county because we reside close to O'Hare Airport. It is very overcrowded with people here and noisy ALL THE TIME. We had fun with this list and made a lot of cool discoveries.”



If you have a hiking guide and are done walking, mail the travel log section of the guide to: Woods Walk, c/o Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433. You can also submit your log online or in person at a Forest Preserve visitor center. Prizes will be awarded after the program closes on November 30.


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