Get Fit in Spring in the Western Suburbs!


Want to stay in shape or get into better shape but are sick of the same routine? Spring is finally here, even though the weather isn’t agreeing with us so far. I miss getting outside and getting a good workout or just going for a walk to clear my head. Whether you like walking, running, biking or something more challenging, the list below has several great places to get outside, enjoy the beauty of nature and get an awesome workout. It’s good for the body and the mind.

 

Morton Arboretum in Lisle

This amazing place features 1,700 acres of beautiful trees, flowers and rolling hills and is known as “the great outdoor museum” of trees. Whether you’re walking, biking or running you will have plenty to look at and keep your mind occupied.

Bike or run on the 9 miles of paved roads that wind through the awesome collection of trees.Hike 15 miles of pedestrian only trails that weave into the woods, prairies and wetlands on the property.

Fullersberg Woods and Graue Mill trail in Oak Brook

This 3.3 mile loop follows along Salt Creek and is pleasant and pretty with all the wild flowers and trees. Take your dog, but it must be kept on a leash.


 

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien

This forest preserve offers 11 miles of crushed-limestone trails, featuring gentle rolling hills and a beautiful waterfall. This is a great trail for hiking, running or mountain biking.

Salt Creek Trail

This awesome running or biking path stretches 27 miles from Brookfield Zoo to Busse Woods Forest Preserve and goes through many forest preserves. It is never too crowded and is a great way to get in a nice long ride or run.


Swallow Cliff in Palos Hills

Ready for a challenge? Try walking or even running the stairs at Swallow Cliff. This 100-foot natural bluff — used as a ski hill and toboggan run before being decommissioned in 2004 — will not disappoint. There are two sets of stairs to climb. The original set is 125 stone steps; the new stairs include 168 steps and are more uniformed. Try them both to see the difference in your workout. If you only want to go up the stairs once, Swallow Cliff also offers great walking/running trails through its 800-acre forested terrain.

Lilacia Park in Lombard

For a short stroll or maybe an ending to your run, finish up in Lilacia Park. This 8.5 acre botanical gem is in the heart of Lombard and will impress you with its amazing collection of tulips and lilacs amongst many other flowers.