Saturday, June 15, 2013

Strolling around Lake Katherine

A couple of weekends ago, we made our first trip to Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, Illinois. In addition to a gorgeous lake, Lake Katherine has a picturesque waterfall along with various rapids and pools. While winding on the trails, we discovered different gardens including a butterfly garden and a children's garden as well as an arboretum. The preserve has a Nature Center. Unfortunately, the Nature Center is closed in Sundays, so we were unable to take a peek. Another time! We found Lake Katherine to be a serene place to walk. Here is a look at the scenery:


Look at one of our friends from our hike:

 
One of his buddies actually caused quite a ruckus with a swan. The swan waived his wings quite rapidly and flapped them in the water to scare off some geese on "his" island.

We found Lake Katherine to be a refreshing option for a hike. The scenery just sets you at peace. Plus, the waterfall adds a little something different from the other places we hike.

Canoes and kayaks can be rented during part of the year. You can check Lake Katherine's website for details. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leash. Be sure to pick up after your pooch! Picnics are actually prohibited at Lake Katherine. Please check the website for more on visitor policies. There also are family events at Lake Katherine, so be sure to check those out!

Lake Katherine is open for walking dawn through dusk. The Nature Center is open weekdays 9AM-5PM and 10AM-4PM on Saturdays, closed on Sundays. Admission is free! The preserve is located at 402 W. Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights. However, I must warn you that we had to "trick" our GPS to find it.

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