Why Knoch Knolls Park?
Easy hike and access to the creek where little kids can step into the water. The biking opportunities are a bonus. Very close proximity for Naperville residents.
How to Plan your visit?
• Hop in a car and set your GPS here.
• Pack the emergency hiking back-pack – I keep some water, packed food, sun-screen, bug-repellent, first-aid, analgesic, water-proof pouch for cellphone (a must have since I bricked my Pixel 2 in Everglades in this trip), sanitizer, soft tissues, towel and extra battery juice pack.
• Choose your hikes among below. We did the one by the west branch of Dupage river until the East and West branches meet (marked in red below). This was about a 2 mile hike to-and-fro.
On our way back, we took a detour to an unmarked trail which adjoins the creeks around west branch of Dupage river. Below is the ‘AllTrails’ version of our route. Basically, take a right after crossing the bridge and come back via the same route.
Tip: Please don’t forget bug sprays.
It was mostly in the shade and flat. The young or the elderly both would enjoy.
Where the rivers meet
We reached the convergence of East and West DuPage River branches after crossing over the DuPage river trail.
The views were delightful and the water was ankle deep.
It didn’t take much for all of us to amble in the river. The water was cold and compensated well against the radiant summer sun on an 80 degrees+ day.
The Unmarked Trail
On our way back, we took a detour for the unmarked trail which runs by the creek around West branch of DuPage river. The detour was rewarding. There were several spots where kids could go into ankle deep water and indulge in frolics.
The tranquility of the river would nix all the stress in the world.
There were creepy spots along the way too.
And some interesting tree trunks…
Special thanks to Sanal Gangadharan for suggesting this hike.
Interested in Hiking options around Naperville? Please check other hiking locations here.
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