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      Centered around a 129-acre lake, this preserve offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature education. Surrounding prairie and woodlands provide a picturesque backdrop for walking, biking, picnicking, fishing, concerts, playground, volleyball, and other fun activities. When conditions allow, ice skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are available in designated areas of the preserve. Wading, swimming, and launching personal watercraft on the preserve lake, are not permitted.
      At Independence Grove, 7.5 miles of walking trails circle the lake and run through scenic natural areas. Roughly 6.4 miles are available for biking, 3.8 miles for in-line skating, and 0.6 miles for cross-country skiing. Trails here also connect to neighboring communities and provide walk-in access to the preserve.

      The preserve’s Lakeside Trail and a short section of the Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) have gravel surfaces. The Overlook Trail and the South Bay Trail Loop have paved surfaces. The North Bay Trail Loop has a combination of paved and gravel surfaces.
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      Region Details
      • 61
      • 3

      Region Status
      Open as of Dec 23, 2023
      Local Trail Association


      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails E-Bike
      Trails Horse
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Trails Nordic Ski
      Total Distance
      15 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      3 miles
      Total Descent
      206 ft
      Total Vertical
      56 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      707 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Recent Trail Reports

      Des Plaines River Trail
      Dec 23, 2023 @ 11:34am
      Dec 23, 2023
      WetPretty heavy sandtlakeniv

      Activity Feed

      L5phPKaddreportactivity #43784625
      Sep 5, 2023 @ 6:02pm
      Sep 5, 2023
      PlumbBobMaddpoiactivity #40281986 and 2 more
      May 25, 2023 @ 8:17am
      May 25, 2023
      PlumbBobMaddtrailactivity #40280896 and 7 more
      May 25, 2023 @ 7:13am
      May 25, 2023
      PlumbBobMaddpoiactivity #40278284 and 22 more
      May 25, 2023 @ 5:17am
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      PlumbBobMaddtrailactivity #40276880 and 48 more
      May 25, 2023 @ 4:07am
      May 25, 2023

      Nearby Areas

      Lindholm Park1.6 km
      Casey Road Open Space 12 km
      Lake Carina 12.8 km
      Prairie Crossing3.2 km
      Old School Forest Preserve3.7 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike6415 miles207 ft3 miles56 ft
      E-Bike5810 miles121 ft2 miles43 ft
      Horse44 miles82 ft5,036 ft56 ft
      Hike6415 miles207 ft3 miles56 ft
      Trail Running6415 miles207 ft3 miles56 ft
      Nordic Ski136 miles102 ft1 mile56 ft
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      • independence grove forest preserve activity log | embed map of Independence Grove Forest Preserve mountain bike trails | independence grove forest preserve mountain biking points of interest

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