Black Oak Trail at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
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Just outside of Chicago, The Little Red Schoolhouse has hiking trails that are beginner and family friendly.
The trails traverse a rolling glacial highland of oak woods and prairie. The hiking trails connect to miles of multi-use trails where you can hike, mountain bike, cross country ski and snowshoe. Lastly, there is an interpretive center with exhibits about local nature and history.
The trailhead starts just west of the Farm Pond Trail and interpretive center and loops for 1.67 miles through a wooded forest preserve. This trail is beginner and family friendly. Come early to beat the crowds.
- Hiking shoes
- Bug spray
- Sun screen
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Hiking The Black Oak Trail ( With Kids )
The Black Oak Trail is a fantastic short hike for some peace and solitude solo with some great spots to sit and think as well as do a bit of journaling. It's also a dynamite place to get kids out into nature. The trail is very easy terrain and is mostly flat. It starts out at the Little Red Schoolhouse. The Little Red Schoolhouse has fantastic exhibits that are interactive as well as educational. Side note, they also have very clean bathrooms accommodations.
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