Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve

This 408 acre forest preserve offers paved and unpaved trails through beautiful wetlands in Long Grove, Illinois.



Off Checker Road just west of the intersection with North Arlington Heights Road in Long Grove, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

35 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are several accessible parking spots and 2 accessible restrooms; a portion of the trail which heads east from the parking lot is accessible.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, mallard ducks), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Jogging, Picnicking, Running and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

The forest preserve was previously a farm operated by the Popp family for over 100 years.

Other Information

Restrooms are located near the parking lot.


A tasty and generous sized takeout breakfast may be obtained at Buffalo Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor located at 1180 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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