Parks & Trails

Meander Through the Fox River Valley

Water parks, playgrounds, zoos, nature parks… it’s no wonder the Elgin Area is one of the top family vacation destinations in Chicagoland. The parks and trails of the Elgin Area’s Fox River Valley are some of the best ways to experience nature while still in the suburbs.

Trout Park


This 44-acre park has a long interesting history as a destination for Chicagoans as a nature resort and amusement park. Since 1972 this parcel has been a designated Illinois Nature... more

Veterans Memorial Park


A small memorial park located just north of the Gail Borden library, dedicated to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and freedom.

South End Park

West Dundee

Baseball Diamond Basketball Court Bike Trail Connection Canoe Launch Gazebo Parking Lot Picnic Area

McNamee Park


Residents and visitors come here to enjoy access to fishing platforms, shaded gazebo, various waterfront benches, and a walk-up canoe launch. The park is named in remembrance of Timothy R.... more

Voyageur Landing Forest Preserve


Once a private fishing camp, this preserve shares the popularity of all the river properties. Summer weekends are very busy because of the boat launch. The river pool is sizable... more

Fabulous Fox! Water Trail – thru Kane County


Visit one of the Midwest’s most scenic paddleways. Yes, it is no further than the Fabulous Fox! National Water Trail thru the Elgin area. We have created the perfect toolbox... more

Dundee Depot Market and Visitor’s Center

East Dundee

Situated right next to the Fox River Bike Trail, the Depot is a popular rest stop for bike trail users in need of maps, snacks, beverages or a water bottle... more

Waitcus Park


Waitcus Park located on Rt. 72 and Railroad Street offers the following amenities: a baseball diamond, basketball 1/2 court, playground, and a picnic pavilion.

Town Square Park


This park features a playground, gazebo, a pond and open space. Town Square Park is the site of Community Days, the first weekend after Memorial Day, and the monthly Movies... more

Memorial Park


Memorial Park is located at 355 Tyrrell Road (in between Big Timber Rd and Route 72 just north of I-90). This park offers the following amenities:  a baseball diamond, a... more

Town Center Park


Town Center Park is located at 301 Columbia Lane, at the intersection of Tyrrell Road and Columbia Lane. Our newest park features a playground, splash pool, baseball diamond and open... more

Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary

Dundee Township

Public trails were designed for shared use so that persons on foot, bike or horseback will be able to travel side by side. As you travel along the paths you may... more

Wing Park


Formally opened in 1903, Wing Park has a rich history of providing a multitude of amenities to residents. This 121-acre regional park is home to the Wing Park Bandshell and... more


South Elgin

Named after the South Elgin Business Association (SEBA).  This park along the river is a great place with  lots to do. Enjoy the outdoors by fishing, checking out the nature preserves... more

Lords Park


Lord’s Park is comprised of 108 wooded acres. Here you will find Lord’s Park Pavillion, the Elgin Public Museum and the Lord’s Park Zoo. Enjoy the playing fields, picnicking & water... more

Festival Park


This riverfront recreation area includes a playground, picnic area, fishing pier & a spray fountain/ splash pad. And conveniently located near free parking and the Fox River Trail. The nearby... more

Randall Oaks Park

West Dundee

At Randall Oaks Park you’ll find 141 acres of open space that includes three shelters, a 10-hole disc golf course two volleyball courts and three playgrounds. There’s also an amazing... more

Huffman Park Splash Pad

West Dundee

Dundee Township Park District is committed to providing quality park areas, facilities and services for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of our entire community. For more information visit our website: Rakow Center 665 Barrington Ave. Carpentersville, IL 60110 (847) 428-7131 x1101 Randall Oaks Recreation Center 500 N. Randall Rd. West Dundee, IL 60118 (847) 428-7131 x4260

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center


Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy rich fall colors, snow-frosted trees, spring wildflowers, summer amphibians, and an ever changing host of birds near the pond, in the woods, or even from the comfort of the nature center. The 67-acre natural area that flanks both sides of Brookside Drive has a wheelchair accessible trail that leads to […]

Lords Park Zoo


Located on Elgin’s east side, at the south end of Lords Park, the zoo has had a long history and has undergone many changes. Currently, the fenced in outdoor area includes: Buffalo, Elk, and White Tail Deer, which can be seen all year long. During the summer the farm zoo will open to provide visitors with the opportunity to view […]

Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club

St. Charles

The Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club (FVBSC) is centered in the beautiful Fox River Valley region of Northeastern Illinois. Located thirty miles west of Chicago, the FVBSC provides a focal point for group bicycling and skiing activities for the communities in, and surrounding the Tri-Cities of St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia. The club enjoys close proximity to the quiet […]

Dundee Township Park District


The Dundee Township Park District, located in Kane County, Illinois serves the communities of Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, and portions of Algonquin, Gilberts, Elgin, Barrington Hills and Hoffman Estates. This is the location of the administration building.

Bartlett Park District


Winter Skiing at Villa Olivia or Golfing in the Spring, Banquet Facilities, Bartlett Aquatic Center.

Dundee Township Visitors Center

East Dundee

The best rest stop on the Fox River trail! Stop in and say hi. Free maps, water, and smiles, plus snacks and t-shirts for sale.

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