Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL

Lake Katherine is a scenic nature preserve located in Palos Heights, just a half hour or so from downtown Chicago. This beautiful recreation area includes a walking path, gardens, an arboretum, and a waterfall. Mike & I got up early one morning during our Chicago trip as we knew crowds would increase in the afternoon. We really wanted to enjoy a quiet walk, and that is what we enjoyed via our early morning visit.

The one mile trail around scenic Lake Katherine, a 20 acre man made lake, is the perfect place for taking a morning or evening walk. Kayak rentals are available at the rate of $8 per person. Take a look at a few of the pictures we took on our morning outing to Lake Katherine.

A few scenic views along the path

Walking path around Lake Katherine in Palos Heights
Scenic view of Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL
Lake Katherine - Palos Heights, IL
Swans at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL

Check out these beautiful lake views

Kayaker at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL
Beautiful view of Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL
Scenic views at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL

A variety of gardens are planted throughout the park, including a butterfly and herb garden.

The man made waterfall is the highlight of the park. If you are in town for St. Patrick’s Day, make sure to check it out as it is transformed into a green wonder. I haven’t ever seen it myself, but have heard from relatives that it is spectacular!

Lake Katherine Waterfall - Palos Heights, IL
Lake Katherine waterfall - Palos Heights, IL
Beautiful waterfall at Lake Katherine Park in Palos Hills, IL

Why you should visit Lake Katherine

As you can see from the photos above, Lake Katherine is a spectacular place for photographers and other artists. Spending the morning here is a peaceful suburban escape. Whether you are seeking a beautiful place for a nature stroll, a scenic place to spend the day with your family, or a birdwatching destination, Lake Katherine is the perfect choice. Lake Katherine is a quick drive from the southwest suburbs including Orland Park, Tinley Park, and New Lenox.

Additional Details

Address: 7402 Lake Katherine Drive Palos Heights, IL 60463. Free parking and admission.

Nature Center hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00-5:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed on Sunday.

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