Little Red School House: Serenity just outside of Chicago
Little Red School House is one of my favorite places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Located just 20 minutes outside of Chicago, this hiking and nature area is easily accessible for a weekday or weekend outing.
There are 2 nicely shaded trails here: The White Oak Trail and the Black Oak Trail. Both trails provide scenic views, with the Black Oak a bit longer at almost 2 miles, compared to the 1 mile White Oak Trail.
Unfortunately, the Black Oak trail was closed, so we proceeded to hike just the White Oak. The trail is easy, short, and provides great views of the forest preserve. The trails here are always quiet. We don’t come here for a strenuous hike, rather for a relaxing morning away from Chicago.
I recommend completing both of the trails to get a longer 3 mile workout in. Also be sure to stop by the recently remodeled nature center to explore the wildlife and plant exhibits. Special events are occasionally on the lineup – check the schedule before planning a visit.
Overall, Little Red School House is one of the best places to escape the city hustle and bustle, if only for a few hours. While you may not find any vigorous hiking trails here, Little Red is a great place to get in a light workout and birdwatch, while also exploring local plant and wildlife.
Little Red Schoolhouse Details
Address: 9800 Willow Springs Road Willow Springs, IL 60480
Trail hours: March 1st-Last Saturday in October: 9:00am-5:00pm, Last Sunday in October-February 28th: 8:00am-4:00pm
Nature center hours: 9:00am-4:30pm everyday but Friday (closed), closes at 3:30pm from the last Sunday in October-February 28th.
Looking for more to do? Be sure to check out my full guide of fun things to do this summer in Chicago