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Chain O’ Lakes State Park: East Hike

Chain O' Lakes State Park, Grass Lake, Illinois

The southern section of this hike loops run through some of the busier sections of the park. This hike also brushes up against Grass Lake and runs through dense, hilly woods.

The northern section of the trail runs through big swaths of prairie.

The two north loops are notable for hilltop views, quiet prairies, and a brief rendezvous with the river.

The Fox River

The northern part of the trail also traces the bank of the Fox River.

Fox River Valley

Fox River Valley

A couple of hikes featured in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago take place at Chain O’ Lakes State Park. Purchase the book on or just this hike description on

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