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From hiking and biking to boating and winter sports, if you love to play outside, you'll love what you find in McHenry County. Hit the beach without traveling to the ocean, do some skiing without traveling to the Swiss Alps. We have all the outdoor fun you want, all year round, all in our back yard.


Fel Pro RRR Conservation Area

1520 Crystal Lake Rd
Cary, IL 60012

Fel-Pro RRR is a example of protecting natural areas habitat while providing diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. Unlike any other site the Conservation District owns, Fel-Pro RRR in Cary offers visitors activities more commonly associate...

Alpine Accessories

9219 South State Rt. 31
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Alpine Accessories offers year round gear for outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer time you can hop on a paddleboard from their rental station at Three Oaks Recreation Area, or in the winter they provide ski and snowboard rentals. Once you've r...

Boger Bog

2100 Cherry Valley Rd
Bull Valley, IL 60098

This intimate site features a one mile nature trail with boardwalk, council fire ring, and small picnic shelter. This 38-acre site is comprised of six different natural communities, including a mesic silt loam prairie, oak woodland and a sedg...

Boone Creek

916 Cold Springs Rd
Bull Valley, IL 60098

The site protects the 12 mile Boon Creek headwaters, wetlands, recharge areas, and stream corridor. Explore a 1.5 mile hiking trail and enjoy picnicking, birding and a local horseback riding trail....

Brookdale Conservation Area

18410 US Hwy 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338.6223

Located in the northwestern quadrant of the county, Brookdale offers a serene getaway from daily life. Visitors can enjoy a 1 mile mowed grass trail loop that transverses one side of the 11 acre pond, past a wildlife observation deck overlooking...

Chapel Hill Country Club

2500 Chapel Hill Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Chapel Hill Country Club debuted in 1969 and since then, has been a perennial favorite of both Lake County and McHenry County golfers. The course, located in Johnsburg, IL, features one of the area's most serene settings. Chapel Hill is truly a ...

Coral Woods

7400 Somerset
Marengo, IL 60152

Dominated by a core of century old red and white oaks, the environmental significance of Coral Woods is the protection of these diminishing oak woodlands. Coral Woods represents one of only eight oak groves which remain in McHenry County that c...

Dufield Pond

11750 Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Dufield Pond offers both fishing and hiking opportunities. On the Country Club Road (north) entrance, fish in the 7 acre lake for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie channel catfish and yellow perch. In 2014, this lake was stocked with 50 blueg...

Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve & Varga Archaeological Site

11000 Lakeview Road
Richmond, IL 60071

Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve Varga Archeological Site is a large, diverse wetland community composed of every different stage of high-quality wetland, including: graminoid fens, calcareous floating mats, graminoid bogs, marshes, low gradient c...

Exner Marsh

9000 Lakewood Rd
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Exner Marsh lies in a shallow glacial lake bed now entirely underlain by organic deposits and bordered by uplands consisting of both glacial till and outwash deposits. It is representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Div...

Fox Bluff Conservation Area

1300 Cold Springs Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102

The Fox Bluff complex includes woodlands, wetlands, fens, wet prairies and 3,530 linear feet of shoreline along the Fox River. The topography is steep with varying slopes and ravines. The northern portion is currently open to the public for hik...

Gardens of Woodstock

5211 Swanson Rd.
Lakewood, IL 60098

The Gardens of Woodstock is more than just plants . . . it's a destination. The Gardens feature several waterfalls and ponds. The original waterfall was small with only a 3 foot drop and a small pond. Today when you take a walk through The Ga...

Glacial Park

Route 31 & Harts Road
Ringwood, IL 60072

Glacial Park is McHenry County Conservation District’s most treasured open space holding, characterized by its rolling prairie, delta kames, oak savanna and the tranquil presence of the meandering Nippersink Creek. Encompassing over 3,400 acr...

H.U.M Trail - McHenry County Conservation District

Trailhead and parking located 1 block NE of Route 20 on Prospect Street
behind Marengo Middle School
Marengo, IL 60152

The Huntley-Union-Marengo trail currently runs from East Street in Marengo to Vine Street in Union. This 3.5 mile paved multi-use trail provides a recreational amenity for bikers, rollerbladers and runners and dog walkers alike. Traveling alongs...

Harrison Benwell Conservation Area

7055 McCullom Lake Rd
Wonder Lake, IL 60097

Harrison Benwell is one of the District’s oldest sites. It was one of the first properties acquired and the first site to open to the public in 1973. Recent restoration work in the oak and hickory woodland opened up the view and showcases the...

Hickory Grove Highlands/ Lyons Prairie & Marsh

500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane
Cary, IL 60013

This site is so large that it is actually broken down into 3 parks (Hickory Grove Highlands, Hickory Grove Riverfront and Lyons Prairie & Marsh) that are all interconnected. Within these sites you can rent out one of three shelters for your nex...

High Point Conservation Area

10250 Reese Road
Harvard, IL 60033

Perched in the center of a three-mile radius, High Point Conservation Area boasts the highest glaciated point in Illinois at 1,189’ above sea level. This 253 acre oak and hickory savanna and ephemeral wetland complex mix, located between Reese ...

Lost Valley Visitor Center at Glacial Park

Route 31 & Harts Road
Richmond, IL 60071

Encompassing 3,200 acres, Glacial Park is the District's most well known conservation area, visited annually by more than 64,000 individuals. ...

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm

6919 Keystone Rd
Richmond, IL 60071

Main Stay’s mission is to encourage, enrich and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of horses, animals and nature in an uplifting and nurturing setting. Main Stay is a place where bodies are challenged, minds embrace possibiliti...

McHenry County Conservation District

18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098

If you love to reconnect with nature, where better than at McHenry County Conservation District's 30 public sites? Hike, bike, boat, fish, amp or just enjoy watching the wildlife on more than 24,000 acres of woodlands, prairies, wetlands, ponds,...

Norge Ski Club

100 Ski Hill Rd.
Fox River Grove, IL 60021

We are the oldest, continuously open ski club in the United States. The club was started in 1905 by a group of Norwegian men. Most lived in Chicago and came out to Fox River Grove to ski jump. They created cottages on our club grounds to give...

Pinecrest Golf Club, Restaurant and Banquet Facility

11220 Algonquin Road
Huntley, IL 60142

Pinecrest Golf Club is an 18-Hole, 6,666 yard, par 72 Championship Golf Course known for its pristine and friendly playing conditions. The course offers four different sets of tees to play from and has five lakes, 63 sand bunkers and multiple m...

Soulful Prairies

4706 Alden Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098

Soulful Prairies embodies a gentle energy that many have described as peace. The soil and space supports me in the work that I do with people, horses and critters while offering much more. Sharing the vibration of this land and all it has to off...

Spring Grove Horse Show

8105 Blivin St
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Spring Grove Horse Show is a non-profit organization designed to help the local equine community in schooling their equine partners. The show series is run annually by local volunteers and families. We offer English & Western Performance, Hunter...

The Bike Haven McHenry

3318 W. Pearl St.
McHenry, IL 60050

The Bike Haven is McHenry, Illinois' source for professional, honest and experienced bicycle sales, service and rentals. We strive to have something for your every cycling need, whether you are looking for cruisers, path, top-of-the-line road a...

The Bike Haven Woodstock

132 Cass St.
Woodstock, IL 60098

The Bike Haven is McHenry, Illinois' source for professional, honest and experienced bicycle sales, service and rentals. We strive to have something for your every cycling need, whether you are looking for cruisers, path, top-of-the-line road a...

The Midwest Equestrian Magazine

PO Box 56
Richmond, IL 60071

We at The Midwest Equestrian are fellow horse enthusiasts aiming to bring you the latest news about equine activities, products and services available in the Midwest....

The Quarry Cable Park

5517 Northwest Highway
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

The Quarry is a next-generation cable wake park located within the beautiful Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake. This multi-faceted facility is situated on the 32-acre North Lake of Three Oaks and allows wakeboarders of all ages and sk...

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills

PO Box 418
Barrington, IL 60011

One of the longest-standing and possibly most unique riding clubs in the United States celebrates 80 years of equestrian excellence, land preservation, and the pure enjoyment of sharing beautiful open spaces with fellow riders. ...

Three Oaks Recreation Area

Rte. 14 & Main St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Three Oaks Recreation Area provides visitors with a unique recreational experience. The Three Oaks Recreation Area is a reclaimed quarry that has pristine waters and excellent fishing. Patrons are able to rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats...

Wilmot Mountain

11931 Fox River Rd.
Wilmot, IL 53192

With nearly 120 skiable acres, 23 trails, 7 lifts, 2 surface conveyor lifts and progression terrain parks with a double high speed rope tow, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night. For those who are not up to ski...

Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team

PO Box 518
Wonder Lake, IL 60097

This 140-plus member team is a four-time National Show Ski Champion and has placed in the top five in the nation every year since 1996. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the ski team performs a free show on select Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (see we...

Blackstone Golf Club
9700 St. Andrews Drive
Marengo, IL 60152

Boone Creek Golf Course
6912 Mason Hill Road
Bull Valley, IL 60050

Boulder Ridge Country Club
350 Boulder Drive
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Cary Country Club
2400 Grove Lane
Cary, IL 60013

Cary Park District
255 Briargate Rd.
Cary, IL 60013

Chain O'Lakes State Park
8916 Wilmot Road
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Chalet Hills Golf Club
943 Rawson Bridge Road
Cary, IL 60013

Chicago Northwest KOA
8404 South Union Road
Union, IL 60180

Craig Woods Golf Course
5915 S. Route 47
Woodstock, IL 60098

Crystal Lake Park Distirct
One East Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Crystal Lake Park District Beaches
Lake Shore Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Crystal Woods Golf Club
5915 S. Route 47
Woodstock, IL 60098

Foxford Hills Golf Club
6800 S. Rawson Bridge Road
Algonquin, IL 60013

Golf Club of Illinois
1575 Edgewood Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102

Huntley Park District
12015 Mill Street
Huntley, IL 60142

Indian Trail Beach
228 Indian Trail
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Lake in the Hills Fen
Pyott Road
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Lake Julian
65 S. HWY. 14
Cary, IL 60013

Lippold Park Family Golf Center
1251 W. Route 176
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Lucky Brake Bicycles
470 W. Virginia St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Marengo Ridge Golf and Country Club
9106 Harmony Hill Road
Marengo, IL 60152

McHenry Riverwalk District
Green Street to Riverside Drive
McHenry, IL 60050

Merkel Aquatic Center
201 S. Green St.
McHenry, IL 60050

Moraine Hills State Park
1510 S. River Rd
McHenry, IL 60051

Nippersink Canoe Base
400 E. US Highway 12
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Oak Grove Golf Course
16914 Oak Grove Road
Harvard, IL 60033

Old Top Farm Golf Course
2120 Crystal Lake Rd
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Petersen Park Beach
4300 Petersen Park Rd
McHenry, IL 60050

Prairie Isle Golf Club
2216 Route 176
Prairie Grove, IL 60012

RedTail Golf Club
7900 RedTail Drive
Lakewood, IL 60014

Scull & Oars Canoe and Kayak Rental
6014 N Mill Dr
Wonder Lake, IL 60097

The Hollows
3804 US Highway 14
Cary, IL 60013

Volo Bog
28478 W. Brandenburg Road
Ingleside, IL 60041

Whisper Creek Golf Club
12840 Del Webb Boulevard
Huntley, IL 60156

Woods Creek Lake / Nockels Park
149 Hilltop Drive
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Woodstock Water Works
1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

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