Schiller Woods

At Schller Woods, enjoy expansive forest preserve, access to picnic areas, and trails along the Des Plaines River.


About Schiller Woods

The 284-acre Schiller Woods is a multi-use preserve with a wide array of activities. Beyond the wide-open fields, woods take over, offering a chance to duck away and experience nature along the Des Plaines River.

For the benefit of recreation and conservation, Lake and Cook County Forest Preserve Districts have protected long stretches of the Des Plaines River by developing a Des Plaines River greenway and bike path along its banks. The trail is a natural oasis within a short drive of Chicago and its northern suburbs. Having such a long, lush trail just outside of such a densely populated urban area is truly a wonderful asset to the surrounding community. Together, the forest preserve districts are in the process of implementing a plan to link all the forest preserves with a regional greenway trail, and have developed and promoted the recreational use of the river by creating canoe launch sites on the northern and middle section of the river.

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