Buffalo Creek Trail

Illinois

Buffalo Creek Trail Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Lake
Length: 3.2 miles
Trail end points: W. Lake Cook Rd. and Arlington Heights Rd. and Checker Rd.
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6487072
Trail activities: Bike, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Buffalo Creek Trail Description

The Buffalo Creek Trail makes a loop around the scenic Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve in Long Grove. The crushed-gravel trail provides access to facilities throughout the park.

Along the way, you’ll pass through open prairie, over several creeks and around a large reservoir. Keep an eye out for waterfowl and other wildlife that call the preserve home.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Buffalo Creek Trail can be found in a lot off Checker Road, just west of the intersection with Arlington Heights Road.

Buffalo Creek Trail Reviews

Went here today, the trail itself is beautiful. Trees, prairies, little bridges over rivers, and probably a view of the reservoir when it's not covered with snow. But the trail was not good for xc skiing, as the hikers walk everywhere and any ski tracks get demolished (the last snowfall in this area was about a week ago.) We had to cut our own tracks on top of footprints. In spite of that, we also explored the whole loop west of Schaeffer, which had only snowshoe tracks, no ski tracks. Also, the west side is mostly prairie - on a cold windy day, there would be no protection from the wind. So this might be a nice spot for a hike in the spring or fall, but not for xc skiing.

Hiked this trail one morning. Lots of native bird species; I bet bird watchers would love it. Some of the trail was visible from the busy roads surrounding the preserve, but most of it was well away and aside from the constant drone of traffic you could feel immersed in the environment. Wear a hat on sunny days; there isn't much shade.

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