The large and well-rounded Arthur Janura Forest Preserve in Hoffman Estates offers as many activities as it has names. Visitors may know the area or sections of it as Poplar Creek, Shoe Factory Road Woods or Carl Hansen Woods, but no matter what one calls this 4,366-acre complex of trails, restored prairies, oak woodlands and ponds, there’s something for everyone. While nearby preserves may offer more tranquility, nothing beats Arthur Janura for family-friendly and accessible nature.
Arthur Janura Forest Preserve is ideal for families and people seeking outdoor exercise. Twenty-one miles of paved and unpaved trails entreat visitors to rollerblade, horseback ride, bike, and hike across the hilly terrain. Sloping mowed fields offer ideal kite-flying spaces that double as serene picnic spots, while picturesque picnic groves offer more structure and shelter.
An 8.9-mile paved trail loops around the entire eastern portion of the preserve, from Sutton Road in the west to Barrington Road in the east. This well-marked multi-use trail allows for easy biking, rollerblading or jogging through wooded and open grassland settings.
Unpaved trails, mostly in the western portion of the preserve, offer shorter but more secluded hikes through prairies and woodlands, with opportunities for spotting prairie plants and birds. Most of these trailheads originate at the main parking lot.