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.   Did you know a 180 pound hiker walking an average pace of 3 mph burn approximately 163 calories per mile. Whereby a two mile round-trip hike will expend around 326 calories.  Take a hike…for your health!

Note: check for any Closures and Alerts before heading out.
Note: Pets on Trails:  Your healthy, well-behaved pet is welcome to accompany you on all Conservation District trails as long as they remain on the trail, are on a leash (no longer than ten feet long), and they are under your control the entire length of your visit. Most special events and programs do not allow pets. Call
(815) 338-6223 to confirm if attending.

Accessible & Stroller Friendly Sites
Did you know that all picnic shelters, restrooms and hand water pumps in conservation sites are on 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. 

Accessible and Stroller Friendly SitesAcce

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

Help keep our conservation areas beautiful! Please remember to Pack-In-Pack-Out and bring all trash with you when you leave.