Paul Douglas and Crabtree Preserve Trail System

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The Paul Douglas and Crabtree Preserve Trail System connects two large nature preserves in northwestern Cook County.

The trail begins at the Old Stover Trailhead in the Crabtree Preserve, near the Nature Center – popular for its various programs and amenities. This western section of the trail passes through quiet preserve lands, on the way to Barrington Road. Then the trail continues eastward along Algonquin Road to Freeman Road, where it meets the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve Trail.

From this northwest corner of the Paul Douglas Trail, one can follow it on across a northern section all the way to Ela Road, where it connects to the Palatine Trail. A longer, U-shaped portion of the Paul Douglas Trail goes south along Freeman Road, then east along Central Road, and back north along Roselle Road to end again at Algonquin Road. Along the way it passes the Grassy Ridge Meadow Trailhead and the Highland Woods Golf Course.

Although the Paul Douglas Trail runs close to city streets and roads, it is far enough removed for one to fully enjoy being close to nature. The paved trail over gentle, rolling

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Paul Douglas and Crabtree Preserve Trail System can be found on the south side of Palatine Road, across from the entrance to the Crabtree Nature Center. Parking is also available at the entrance to the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve off Central Road (east of Freeman Road).


Tranquil Ride through Nature

   October, 2015 by wilhelmggw

Not the stretch along Algonquin Road. But the sections through the two Forest Preserves are really nice. It's amazing how one can feel so far away from noise and bustle, when streets, roads and highways are so close at hand. We liked parking at the more

Not for beginners

   August, 2015 by alyusha

The hills are pretty intense if your carrying a trailer. Out side of that, not too bad. Did not like having to cross busy roads. We went into this thinking there were no roads to cross. Not fun doing it with children. read more

Paul Douglas Trail

   July, 2014 by dseyller

We have now been to this forest Preserve twice and really enjoyed the trail. It is pretty well kept and very beautiful along the way. The only thing not so good is not much restroom facilities. We also did the Palatine trail through town and will never more