Loyola University Chicago

Ramble Outdoors

Campus Recreation | Student Complex

Current Offerings

Spring 2021

Register for outdoor experiences at the front desk of the the Halas Recreation Center or at campusrec.luc.edu.


Visit this page the beginning of Spring semester for updates on Spring 2021 programming! Can't wait to see you there! 


Sign up at campusrec.luc.edu under 'Offerings --> Ramble Outdoors'

We look forward to adventuring with you!


Train to Trails

Train to Trails PDF Flyer

West Ridge Nature Preserve: This 21-acre preserve if a new addition to the Chicago Park District and offers trails, bird watching, native plant species, boardwalk, and fishing and wildlife sighting opportunities. (https://westridgenaturepreserve.org/)

West Ridge Nature Preserve Address: 5601 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60659

LaBagh Woods and Forest Glen Woods: LaBagh Woods offers hiking, biking, and in the winter, cross country skiing! Enjoy wetlands, savannas, woods, and sedge meadows. (https://fpdcc.com/places/locations/labagh-woods/) Right across the way, you can also access Forest Glen Woods for more hiking, biking, and cross country skiing opportunities. This is all part of a trail system called the North Branch Trail System! (https://fpdcc.com/places/locations/forest-glen-woods/#location)

LaBagh Address: N Cicero Ave, North of W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Forest Glen Address: N Forest Glen Ave, North of N Elston Chicago, IL 60630

North Park Village Nature Center: This nature preserve is 46-acres with trails in woodland, wetland, prairie, and savanna! In addition, visitors can also explore Walking Stick Woods, a 12-acres woodland with even more trails. (https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/North-Park-Village-Nature-Center/)  

North Park Village Nature Center Address: 5801 N Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL 60646

The 606: A reimagined elevated railroad, the 606 is a trail system for running, biking, and strolling that connects four Chicago neighborhoods and has art installations, citizen’s science, and green spaces all around. A great way to explore the city while also being in the outdoors! (https://www.the606.org/)

The 606 Address: There are many ways to access this trail! Look up the area you would like to explore and it will show you the fastest way to get there!

Edgebrook Woods: Connected to the North Branch Trail System, this wooded area offers ample green space to sit back, relax, and forest bathe. Stroll up there for an afternoon of relaxation! (https://fpdcc.com/places/locations/edgebrook-woods/)

Edgebrook Woods Address: Central Ave, South of N Lehigh Ave Chicago, IL 60646

Other Resources for Local Hiking and Outdoor Programming:

Forest Preserves of Cook County-- https://fpdcc.com/
Chicago Parks and Recreation-- https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/

Train to Trails PDF Flyer


Questions? Contact Brandi Bates at bbates@luc.edu or outdoors@luc.edu or 773-508-2366.