Deer Grove Forest Preserve

This forest preserve boasts nearly 2,000 acres and offers paved and unpaved trails through wonderful wetlands, upland forests and prairie. It is a known birding hotspot.



Off Dundee Road east of the intersection with Highway US 14 in Palatine, Illinois. A detailed map may be found at here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

33 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are several accessible parking spots and an accessible portable toilet. Picnic grove nos. 4 and 5 are accessible May 1-October 31 and may be reserved online here.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (Canada geese, mallard ducks, red-winged blackbirds, sandhill cranes, snowy egrets, sparrows, swallows, woodpeckers), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Jogging, Model Airplane Field, Picnicking, Running, Sledding and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

This forest preserve is the oldest in Cook County and was acquired in 1916.


An ample, delicious takeout breakfast can be obtained at Jelly Café, 795 West Dundee Road, Palatine, Illinois.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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