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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.


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 provid...
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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 ...

Boone Creek

916 Cold Springs Rd
Bull Valley, IL 60098

This picturesque site offers a 2 mile hiking trail and 1.3 mile local horseback trail link, as well as opportunities for picnicking on the observation deck and wildlife watching through viewing scopes...

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,...

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 ...

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 eigh...

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. I...

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 ...

Emricson Park

1313 Kishwaukee Valley Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098


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 Mora...

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 offer...

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 por...

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 meanderi...

H.U.M Trail - McHenry County Conservation District

111 N Prospect St.
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 ru...

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 hicko...

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...

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 eph...

Kishwaukee Headwaters

1606 Dean St
Woodstock, IL 60098

As its name suggest, this site is part of the headwaters and watershed of the Kishwaukee River.  Beginning as a simple trickle or seep, the wetland communities of this site and the area directly ...

Lake in the Hills Fen

1500 Jefferson Street
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Opened in April of 2011, this area has 229 acres adjacent to the 27 acre Lake in the Hills Fen State Nature Preserve.  Within LITH Fen there are several places where the clay layer is exposed and...

Lost Valley Visitor Center at Glacial Park

6720 Keystone Rd.
Richmond, IL 60071

The Lost Valley Visitor Center opened to the public in August 2010. This 28,450 square foot facility hosts a number of environmental education programs, workshops, camps and special events. An exhibit...

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 bod...

Marengo Ridge Conservation Area

2411 N. Route 23
Marengo, IL 60152

Marengo Ridge Conservation Area is one of McHenry County’s most popular and treasured areas. It contains over 818 acres of oak and hickory woodlands interspersed with spruce, aspen, ash and suma...

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 24,0...

Nippersink Canoe Base

400 E. US Highway 12
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Situated along the southern banks of Nippersink Creek, the 377-acre conservation site is home to a variety of natural communities including savanna and woodland, marsh, fen and sedge meadow. The creek...

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...

North Branch Conservation Area

11500 North Keystone Road
Richmond, IL 60071

Tucked away in the in the extreme northeastern part of McHenry County lies 521 acres of preserved open space known as North Branch Conservation Area. Due to its biologically rich ecosystems, like the ...

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 h...

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area

12215 Pleasant Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Pleasant Valley expands 2,080 acres and is a mosaic of natural areas. Within its borders exist a high-quality oak savanna, a grade ‘A’ stream, a never before plowed wetland and an impressi...

Prairie Trail

314 Washington St
Algonquin, IL 60102

Whether it’s a morning trek, a family weekend ride or part of your weekly fitness regime, hike, pedal or roll along over 45 miles of trails offered throughout McHenry County on the Prairie Trail...

Prairieview Education Center

2112 Behan Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Opened to the public in 1999, Prairieview Education Center serves thousands of McHenry County residents annually by offering free and low-cost nature programs, youth group programs, summer camps, scho...

Rush Creek Conservation Area

20501 McGuire Road
Harvard, IL 60033

Rush Creek Conservation Area is 726 acres and contains a mixture of  upland forest, oak and hickory woodlands, wetlands and sedge meadows.  In addition, a one-mile section of the 12.5 mile R...

Silver Creek Conservation Area

1009 Rawson Bridge Road
Cary, IL 60013

Silver Creek Conservation Area is comprised of several natural communities, including wetlands, prairie, and savannas. Wetlands are areas that are saturated by surface or ground water and have th...

Stickney Run Conservation Area

3216 West State Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050

This site is home to a variety of wildlife.  A large variety of birds can be found because of the many different types of habitats that can be found.  While on site, look for great blue hero...

The Hollows

3804 US Highway 14
Cary, IL 60013

Visitors can trek on over 6 miles of looped nature trails or cross-country ski on two miles of groomed trails in the winter. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a picnic at a picnic table or one of the 2 sh...

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...

Thomas Woods - McHenry County Conservation District

3100 N. Route 23
Marengo, IL 60152

While camping at Thomas Woods you will enjoy the sights and sounds of Marengo Ridge. Currently McHenry County’s most popular and treasured areas, Marengo Ridge contains over 818 acres of oak and...

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 abl...

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, ...

Winding Creek Conservation District

8415 Johnson Road
Hebron, IL 60034

A 1.7 mile looped multipurpose hiking trail runs through restored prairie and woodland or just a short .5 mile looped from the parking lot to around the pond. An early morning parking lot near the ent...

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 fre...

All Marine's Retro Rentals
1210 Riverside Dr
McHenry, IL 60050

Avant Cycles
132 Cass St.
Woodstock, IL 60098

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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

Gardens of Woodstock
5211 Swanson Rd.
Lakewood, IL 60098

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 Julian
65 S. HWY. 14
Cary, IL 60013

Lehman's Lakeside RV Resort
19609 Harmony Rd
Marengo, IL 60152

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

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

Soulful Prairies
4706 Alden Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098

Spring Grove Horse Show
8105 Blivin St
Spring Grove, IL 60081

The Bike Haven McHenry
3318 W. Pearl St.
McHenry, IL 60050

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The Midwest Equestrian Magazine
PO Box 56
Richmond, IL 60071

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills
PO Box 418
Barrington, IL 60011

Veteran Acres Park
431 Walkup Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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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