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Hollows Conservation Area

Intermediate
 3.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a great trail with a little bit of everything for quick workouts.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Loop

894' 273 m

High

827' 252 m

Low

133' 40 m

Up

137' 42 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Park is open sunrise to sunset.

Overview

This site was a working quarry until 1974. In 1977 the conservation district purchased the 336 acre property and began rejuvenation efforts. Today the property has an amazingly diverse ecosystem with prairie, wetlands, forest, and lakes.

Description

The first mile is a crushed limestone road with a gentle rise. When you leave the road for the loop around the campground, you'll be on a singletrack trail that is well kept and fairly even.

When you leave the camping area there is a 160 foot climb that brings you to a beautiful overlook of the valley. The next mile takes you along a narrow, well-marked, nature trail with a bridge halfway to the lake.

Finally, you'll emerge onto a grass trail that circles the lake. This is fairly even and well maintained. After this, the trail loops back to the parking area where you started.

Contacts

Shared By:

Dan Rothstein

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Photos

Lake Atwood - Photo Courtesy of McHenry County Conservation District
Apr 16, 2018 near Cary, IL
Hollows Conservation Area in the winter - Photo courtesy of McHenry County Conservation District
Apr 16, 2018 near Cary, IL

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