Paul Douglas Forest Preserve

  • Accessibility & Access for All
  • Arts & Culture
  • Arts and Culture
  • Beach Access
  • Bike Share Dock
  • Biking
  • Biodiversity
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat Rentals Available
  • Boating
  • Bus Parking
  • Calumet Heritage Area
  • Camping
  • Canoe or Kayak Rentals Available
  • Canoeing
  • Children's programs
  • Climbing
  • Community Science
  • Concessions
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Education
  • Education Center
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Family-Friendly
  • Field Trips
  • Fishing
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • Free Programs
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Connectiom
  • Historical Connection
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Native Plants
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Paved Trails
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Prairie
  • Public Transit Access
  • Restrooms
  • Running
  • Scenic View
  • Scenic Views
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Teacher Resources
  • Tours
  • Trail Running
  • Walking
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife Viewing
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At more than 1,800 acres, Paul Douglas Forest Preserve fits right in with the other big forest preserves of northwest Cook County. Birders have been drawn to the area for decades, thanks to the large open grasslands and wetlands, complete with heron rookery, that provide ample breeding grounds for important birds. A favorite of cyclists, the preserve’s 7.2-mile paved trail encircles the preserve.

Paul Douglas offers opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and active adults. Accessible at several points along its length and less busy than some bike trails at nearby preserves, Paul Douglas’ 7.2-mile paved trail is great for a quiet and gentle bike ride, in-line skate, hike or cross-country ski. The trail connects to Crabtree Forest Preserve, about a mile west, via the Algonquin Trail.

The seven-mile paved trail is popular among cyclists, but is not as frequently busy as some other paved trails. This can make for long, solitary, peaceful rides. Please note: there are no restrooms in the preserve.

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