15 Parks with Paved Paths

We noticed that the forest preserve parking lots were fairly full last week, which is unfortunately not great for maintaining that six-foot distance from other people. If you want a change of scenery to get outside and take a walk, the park paths are open, too! We have checked out all of these paths over the years and they are nice — the surfaces are smooth for the most part, making them perfect for strollers and rollerblading. So we gathered a list of parks with the best paved trails!

Be forewarned that most of these have a nearby playground, so you’ll have to prepare your little ones to make sure they know the playgrounds are closed. We are also asking that everyone please follow social distancing rules and staying at least six feet away from non-family members. We don’t want park districts to be forced to close these outdoor spaces. Don’t ruin it for everyone!

Berens Park, Elmhurst

Berens Park
493 N Oaklawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

The paved path at Berens Park weaves around the sports fields, with legs leading to The Hub, splash pad, and playground areas.

McCollum Park, Downers Grove

McCollum Park
6801 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516

This path is a 1.2 mile loop around the magnificent park, full of sports fields, playground areas, miniature golf, horseshoe courts, and picnic areas that you can check out for the future.

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Harvester Park, Burr Ridge

Harvester Park
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

The path at Harvester Park will lead you all around the park and main recreation building.

Patriots Park, Downers Grove

Patriots Park
501 55th Place
Downers Grove, IL 60515

This beautiful path winds its way around the pond with trees overhanding for some shade.

Castaldo Park, Woodridge

Castaldo Park
3024 71st Street
Woodridge, IL 60517

From the park entrance, you can walk down paved paths to enjoy the scenery. There is a covered area with picnic benches and also a water fountain along the way.

Central Park, Oak Brook

Central Park
1510 Forest Gate Raod
Oak Brook, IL 60523

There are multiple loops of paths in this park, with the longest being 1.29 miles. Take a look at the map before you go to plan your walk along one of the best paved trails provided by a park district.

Walker Park, Burr Ridge

Walker Park
7425 S. Wolf Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60480

The grounds of Pleasant Dale Park District are great for walking. Please note that the outdoor fitness equipment along the way are not to be used during the coronavirus pandemic.

Countryside Park, Countryside

Countryside Park
6030 Kensington Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525

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Walk down tree-lined paths and get some fresh air at this great park near Brainard and north of Joliet Road.

Ty Warner Park, Westmont

Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

The grounds of this park are nicely landscaped with hills and a marsh area, which adds to the beauty of your walk. There are several forks in the path, enabling you to take a different route each time around, making it one of the best paved trails.

Eldridge Park, Elmhurst

Eldridge Park
363 W Commonwealth Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126

This park has a 1.5 mile paved trail around the perimeter, which serves as a link to Salt Creek Greenway Trail.

Ebersold Park, Downers Grove

Ebersold Park
5923 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516

This 0.75 mile path winds around the perimeter of the park.

Spring Rock Park, Western Springs

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

The inner loop of paths around the playground is paved and winds up and down hills as well as through garden areas, while the outer loop is compacted, crushed gravel.

Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn

Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Take a walk by Lake Ellyn to enjoy the ducks and paved paths.

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Hoopers Hollow Park, Downers Grove

Hoopers Hollow Park
Chicago and Cornell Avenues
Downers Grove, IL 60515

This nicely paved path winds around Hoopers Hollow Park and leads through a small wooded area. There is also a small bridge on the way to the playground.

Lisle Community Park, Lisle

Lisle Community Park
1825 Short Street
Lisle, IL 60532

The grounds of Lisle Community Park are huge! There are a few parking lots and you can jump onto the paved path from any of them. Walk along the East Branch of the DuPage River or cross over on the wooden bridge.

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Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids

If people are spreading out more and you want to check out one of the forest preserves, we also have a great list of trails that are perfect for families with locations and descriptions! However, do be aware that some areas are closed with the lots roped off.

Have another to add? We would love to hear your picks and explore those to add them to the list!

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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