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Thorn Creek Nature Preserve

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Quiet woods, trails passing streams, canyons and marsh
Near:Park Forest, IL
Distance:2.25 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:100 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary: This area has a few loop trails and an outand back trail. The Nature Center Loop trail is 1/2 mile long. The Woodland Trail is 1 1/4 miles and the Owl Lake Trail, which starts at the far end of the Woodland trail, is 3/4 mile. All the trails start at the Nature Center parking area.
Trailhead: Thorn Creek Nature Preserve is located at 247 Monee Road in Park Forest Illinois. Call 708-747-6320 for directions. (Lat:41.46354 Lon:-87.69584)
Trail Guides for Thorn Creek Nature Preserve:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Forest Preserve District of Will County (815)727-8700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Keith Kuhlman, who has posted  1 other hike on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Linda on 1/15/2012
I enjoy this trail year round.

Reviewed by RR on 10/29/2011
Enjoyed a fall hike through Thorn Creek. Great color and very crisp. Not crowded despite being a saturday afternoon.

Reviewed by Ann on 9/22/2004
I grew up in this area and never tire of Thorn Creek Woods. My kids, ages 5 &9, enjoy our annual trek to Owl Lake.

Reviewed by Donna McCluskey on 8/1/2004
Schubert's Woods was my choice, though there is no "trail" the paths around the water and up the ravine are obvious enough. Picked a hot weekend to go, but it was awfully pretty to see the size of the lake (?) that is there. Saw numerous egrets, a blue heron, heard a frog, and scattered several deer. Enjoyed the quiet and exploring someplace new and, of course, was saddened to see years' of broken glass and trash.

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