Tinley Creek Trail System

The Tinley Creek Trail System consists of over 25 miles of paved trails which meander through lovely forest preserves in southwestern Cook County, Illinois.



Markham, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Palos Heights and Tinley Park, Illinois. There are numerous parking areas along the trail. The Arrowhead Lake area located off 135th Street and east of South Harlem Avenue is highly recommended. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

28 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive, Bus


The trail is accessible. There are accessible parking spots. Accessible picnic groves are located at Arrowhead Lake, Elizabeth A. Conkley Forest – South, Elizabeth A. Conkley Forest – North and Rubio Woods. These may be reserved online here.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (heron, hawk, sparrow, wren), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Ice Fishing, Inline Skating, Jogging, Picnicking, Running and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

A big restoration project is underway to thin unnaturally dense native trees and to remove invasive tree and brush species.

Other Information

Portable restrooms in season


Nearby Al Medina Bakery, 11228 South Harlem Avenue, Worth, Illinois features fresh and delicious Middle Eastern cookies at the great price of $4.25 a pound (as of July 10, 2021).

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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