Thorn Creek Trail System

Nearly 30 miles of paved and unpaved trails, including a 16 mile paved bike path wind through bucolic forest preserves near the banks of Thorn Creek in southern Cook County, Illinois.



Calumet City, Chicago Heights, South Chicago Heights, Glenwood, Lansing, Lynwood, Park Forest and South Holland, Illinois; a detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

27-35 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive, Bus


Paved portions of the trail are accessible. There are accessible parking spots. An accessible portable restroom is located at Glenwood Woods-North. An accessible picnic grove is located in Sweet Woods and may be reserved online here.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (goldfinches, osprey, vireos, wood ducks, wrens), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ice Fishing, Inline Skating, Jogging, Model Airplane Field, Picnicking, Running, Sledding, Snowmobiling and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

The Thorn Creek Trail is part of the 575 mile Grand Illinois Trail.

Other Information

Portable restrooms in season


Don’t be put off by the forlorn exterior of Hi-Way Bakery, 2633 Chicago Road, South Chicago Heights. Some of the Chicago area’s tastiest and freshest donuts and other breakfast pastries are made here.

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Nearby Public Lands Worth Visiting

Sauk Trail Woods which is described` on this website and is at the south end of the trail

Best Time To Visit

All year

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