Swallow Cliff Woods is best known for its dramatic “front lawn,” which leads up a steep, 100-foot-tall bluff. The horse trails pass by the Swallow Cliff Stairs and hikers and runners can be seen attempting the climb. On top of the bluff, trails pass through this quiet 800-acre preserve. Riders enjoy wandering the hilly, forested terrain complete with stream crossings, grand old oaks and flocks of migratory birds around the numerous wetlands.
The Sag Valley Trail System features over 20 miles of unpaved trails. The centerpiece is an 8.1 mile trail loop that winds its way past the Swallow Cliff Stairs and through Cap Sauers Nature Preserve, taking visitors to the point furthest from a road in all of Cook County.
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.