A Little Time and a Keyboard: Places to Snowshoe in the Chicago Suburbs

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Places to Snowshoe in the Chicago Suburbs

Snowshoeing  in the Chicago suburbs where you can rent snowshoes

A snow wonderland is here in Chicago! I love snowshoeing in our preserves. Just something about the stillness while hearing the crunching under your feet is calming. Good thing we have plenty of places in the Chicago suburbs to snowshoe! Here are some ideas! **When planning a snowshoeing adventure, remember to bring your driver's license because you may have to leave it while renting. Also, call ahead to verify availability.**

Springbrook Nature Center in Itasca: Springbrook Nature Center not only has the trails but also has snowshoes for rent. There must be at least 3 inches of snow on the ground for snowshoeing.  Snowshoes are rented Saturday and Sunday 11AM-3:30PM and cost $5 per person.

Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia: Red Oak Nature Center is located on the Fox River in Batavia. You can rent snowshoes there for $5 per person from 10AM-3PM on weekends and 9AM-4:30PM on week days anytime there is 3 inches of snow.

Forest Preserves of Cook County: All of the Nature Centers have snowshoes available with the exception of Sagawau. River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook has several upcoming snowshoe events. You will need to register and there are a limited number of snowshoes available. Check the Forest Preserves of Cook County website for special snowshoe events. You may need to register for these events.

Spring Valley Nature Center: Spring Valley Nature Center has snowshoes available for rent when there is at least 4" of snow on the ground. Rentals are $5 per person for a maximum of 3 hours per day. They are available 9AM-3PM and must be back by 4:30PM. Driver's License or a form of ID required. Rentals start December 1.

Morton Arboretum in Lisle: The Morton Arboretum has snowshoes for rent when there is an accumulation of at 4" of snow. Snowshoe rentals are available December-March. Rentals are available at Visitor's Center on weekdays 10AM-4PM and weekends 9AM-4PM. Last rental is at 3PM.  It is recommended that you call to verify availability first. Rentals are through a 3rd party vendor, so credit card payment is necessary.

Lake Katherine in Palos Heights: Lake Katherine rents out snowshoes for $5 per person per hour with a minimum of one hour. Rentals are Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, last rental at 3:45PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM, last rental at 2:45PM. There is a 20% off rental for a group of two on their Facebook page. Snowshoes are available December 5 through March 3. 

Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville: Blackwell Forest Preserve not only has snowshoeing but also a hill for tubing. Two in one! The hill is open 9AM-4PM on Saturdays and Sundays December 1 through February 25 and January 18, 21 and February 18. The hill is also open more hours over Winter Break December 24-January 4. Tube rental is $10 per tube per day. 3" of snow on the ground is needed Snowshoe rental is $10 per person per 2 hours, $15 per day. Snowshoe rental ends at 2PM, tube rental at 3:30PM. Snowshoe rental is available December through February..

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook: Fullersburg Woods Education Nature Center has snowshoe rentals 10AM-2PM daily. Snowshoe rental is $10 per person per 2 hours, $15 per day. Call  630-850-8110  for availability.

LLBean holds snowshoeing courses in the area. Check the LLBean website for more details on location, prices and registering.

You can rent snowshoes at these locations. If you have your own, feel free to bring them along!

**Updated 11/17/18.**

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow! I was wanting to put together a list like this, but just couldn't squeeze it in my editorial calendar. So I'm double thrilled to find your post! Now to get out there and hike a few of these...!