Lake Katherine Nature Center, Palos Heights

#33 of 311 in Parks in Illinois
Lake Katherine provides year-round activities and fun for the whole family. The park offers approximately 6 miles of hiking trails, including a scenic trail around the lake and near a beautiful waterfall. The Nature Center includes educational displays and live animal exhibits. Lake Katherine hosts special events for the public and a variety of educational programs for children all year long. The calendar of events is available at
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  • lake Katherine nature center offers classes for all ages !!! and going for nature walks there is always a pleasure especially in autumn youcan actually eye witness thetrees turning gorgeous autmnal co...  more »
  • A beautiful, well maintained park along a good bike trail, just a few minutes from Midway Airport. Amazing. I could spend hours here. Also definitely worth a stop when driving to or from Chicago.  more »
  • This is my favorite place to walk near my house. The paths are covered in wood chips so it’s easy on your joints. The path around the lake is also exactly one mile. I’ve been walking here for about two years now and have only seen a snake once. The park keepers have assured me they are not poisonous and they don’t bother the many many walkers who come here. If you come in the spring, you will see a lot of baby geese and swans. There are also ducks and turtles around this place and some other beautiful birds. I actually see a lot of strollers on the path and I saw someone the other day in a wheel chair. However, if the path is too difficult to be on because of the wood chips, you can also follow the paved bike path that goes into one side of this place and out the other. You can leave your car here and walk the bike path that runs along the river for 26 miles through lots of trees. It’s also a very peaceful walk with no breaks in the asphalt that I’ve come across yet. All In all, Definitely a great place for walks and events.
  • I love this nature center. I have gone kayaking here and had a great experience. You can book this over the phone so that you can get your kayak reserved. I love walking around here as well. I have taken my dog multiple times and she really enjoys it. This area is also really nice, and all the staff members have been friendly.

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