Big Marsh Walking Trail

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Trail Distance: 0.5 miles
Time Estimate: 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
You wouldn't imagine that Chicago has lots of natural and outdoor places to explore, being the major city that it is. However, this city offers lots of wildlife and nature preserves throughout. One of the largest and most known is Big Marsh, a place where wetlands thrive in the southern portion of the city. This amazing park has been a popular spot for bikers thanks to the spacious bike tracks. and has become even more so thanks to the new dog-friendly half-a-mile trail along the northwestern portion of the park.


The new trail has been around for only two years, erected along with a new parking area on the northwestern corner of the park along the road, where people can access the wood-chipped terrain to explore the area. When you enter the park, you'll be met with the sound of chirping and singing from natural birds that nest here. Fido will have to remain on a leash due to the wildlife, but the peaceful and quiet surroundings of the trail will make it worth it to explore even on a leash.

While walking through the trail, you'll see vast views of where the park expands. The area encompasses more than 278 acres of land, covering natural beaches, wetlands, grasslands, and streams. The wood-chipped trail only explores the northern 35 acres, but still offers a few benches along the way so you and Fido can sit and enjoy the wildlife and natural habitats found here. After reaching the end of the trail, you'll see the moss-covered water before having to turn around to get back to the parking area. 

There are plans in the future to expand the walking and bike trails in the region, but for now you and Fido will have to make due with the gorgeous and wall-maintained trail that shows off how natural the city of Chicago can be.

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Muddy, Lake, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape, Wetland, Grassland, Urban
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Due to the wet area, the woodchipped trail can become muddy and sticky. It can also become flooded during rainy seasons, so watch out for weather before going. There is also no shade on the trail.
Address
11555 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
Hours
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Address
11555 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset