Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights

#33 of 135 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 is a botanical garden in Palos Heights, right off Rt 83 near 76th that includes woodlands, prairie, wetlands, and formal gardens. There is a nature center that is fun to check out, a mi...  more »
  • This is an excellent place to take a walk. Lots of nature. It is off the road and quiet. A great place to go and think while you take a nice walk around the lake.  more »
  • This is a hidden gem in the south suburbs beautiful lake great trails an awesome nature center great place for a picnic  more »
  • Nice bike trails, it is a very nice place for a walk. Good place for the children to play and explore nature. The trails are wood chip and blacktop so there are easy to moderate walks available.
  • Not handicapped friendly. We went to a wedding and reception here. The only handicap parking is by the entrance which is over a block to the wedding location. Abd ONE handicap spot close to the reception. Which was occupied the entire afternoon. The paths to the wedding location were covered with loose wood chips. I had both my walker which was impossible to move through the path. So we switched to my Go chair. That also had a horrible time moving through and almost tipped as I got to the venue
  • Beautiful amazing place. The hikes are great and we saw many birds and wildlife. Best part is the waterfall!!! My fiance and I are thinking about getting married here. We will be back for sure.
  • Oh, my! There's nothing better than to walk in nature. The walking paths are kept in good condition and you never know when you'll encounter wildlife that's out to enjoy the day as well!
  • Beautifully kept-up nature area. Great for a learning experience for children and a nice, somewhat romantic place for adults. 😁😊

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