Spring Lake offers the opportunity to stretch one’s legs—whether human or equestrian—and do some real trekking over hills and valleys.
Tucked amidst the semi-rural rolling hills in the northwest corner of Cook County, almost 4,000 acres of wilderness are waiting to be explored.
Exploring the trails in Spring Lake requires slightly more advanced navigation skills than at many other forest preserves. None of the trails are marked, so a compass, navigation app or GPS is recommended. While not for the novice explorer, this remoteness adds a layer of adventure to afternoon hikes.
Year-round, conditions permitting.
All horses must wear a horse tag affixed to the left-hand side of the bridle or the saddle and be clearly visible when on Forest Preserves trails. Day pass $5.
Designated horse trailer parking
Annual pass $35 for Cook County residents and $50 for non-residents.