Hike

Looking for a place to hike that is close to home? Use our Find a Site page to see different locations on a map.

McHenry County Conservation District has over 106 miles of hiking trails throughout the county that are waiting to be explored. Hiking is a great activity for people of any age. Wander through trees and prairies or along wetland ponds and creeks. Hiking can relieve stress, burn calories and lighten your mood; all ideal elements for a healthy lifestyle.

Note: check for any Closures and Alerts before heading out.

Handicap Accessible & Stroller Friendly Sites
Did you know that all picnic shelters, restrooms and hand water pumps in conservation sites are paved surfaces, making them wheelchair and stroller friendly? If you want to get out for a short trek and require a hard surface for wheels or more sturdy walking, check out these sites. 

Sites with paved surfaces

Favorite Fall Frolics
Visitors can walk amidst fall’s fiery colors through woodlands, over kames and along moraine ridges. We’ve scouted out just a sampling of local places to enjoy autumn. 

Experience Fall Colors

Hike/Ski on Solar Lit Trails
With the sun going down so early, there’s no time to play! Fear not, now you can get out on the trails everyday after dark. The District has two sites open late for hiking or cross-country skiing when the conditions are right (Pleasant Valley and Hickory Grove Highlands).

Solar Lit Trails

Interpretive Trail Guides & Apps
Want to learn more from your hike? Check out our interpretive trail guides and app guides for select conservation areas.   

Let us guide you