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Deer Grove Forest Preserve

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Located in Palatine, Deer Grove was the first preserve acquired by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Since 1916, it has grown to 1,800 acres that include trails, a sledding hill, a model airplane field, Deer Grove Lake and the newly-revitalized Camp Reinberg.

A vast, looping trail system makes it easy to access the preserve's diverse habitats. Four miles of paved trails and 10 miles of unpaved trails create ample space for extended runs or hikes. A paved 2.8-mile loop in the eastern portion of the preserve connects to a 1.2-mile segment at the western edge. Additional unpaved trails, including a 5.4-mile loop and a 2.6-mile loop, run throughout. Cyclists can access Deer Grove Trail at West and East parking lots, and equestrian trailer parking is available at Deer Grove West.

Deer Grove is home to diverse habitat. Volunteers have restored large swaths of upland forest, wetlands, ravines, savannas and prairies. Throughout the preserve, numerous wetlands attract an interesting variety of wildlife.

The Deer Grove trail system offers plenty of opportunities to get out and connect with nature, whether for an entire day or just an hour.

Recommended Routes in Deer Grove Forest Preserve - 1

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Favorite Right before you get back to where Yellow Loop and Orange Loop cross near the parking lot on the southwest corner of the park
Intermediate

Deer Grove Forest Loop

9.6 mi 15.5 km 274' Up 83.53 m Up 274' Down 83.48 m Down

Inverness, IL

Deer Grove Forest Preserve Running

  • 24 Miles 39 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 0 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Deer Grove Forest Preserve - 5

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2.9 mi 4.7 km #1Red Loop
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
Kildeer, IL
1.2 mi 2.0 km #2Black Trail
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
Kildeer, IL
2.9 mi 4.6 km #3Brown Loop
Intermediate
Kildeer, IL
Intermediate
Kildeer, IL
5.7 mi 9.1 km #4Yellow Loop
Intermediate
Inverness, IL
Intermediate
Inverness, IL 10 
1.6 mi 2.6 km #5Orange Trail
Easy
Deer Park, IL
Easy
Deer Park, IL

Photos of Deer Grove Forest Preserve - 9

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Right before you get back to where Yellow Loop and Orange Loop cross near the parking lot on the southwest corner of the park
Sep 28, 2016 near Inverness, IL
Around mile 4 on the Yellow Loop.
Sep 28, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Start of the Yellow Loop.
Sep 28, 2016 near Inverness, IL
Wetland area located near the trail.
Mar 18, 2016 near Kildeer, IL
Sandhill cranes using one of the wetland areas.
Mar 18, 2016 near Kildeer, IL
A little further up on the Yellow Loop.
Sep 28, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Common snapping turtle near the trail.
Mar 18, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
First mile on the Yellow Loop.
Sep 28, 2016 near Inverness, IL
About two miles in, the Yellow Loop parallels the greenway quite a bit.
Sep 28, 2016 near Deer Park, IL