One of the qualities of life in Palos Park is its next door proximity to the Palos Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Encompassing nearly 14,000-acres, counting the contiguous Sag Valley Division, full of woodlands, prairies, ravines and nearly 100 lakes, ponds and sloughs, multitudes of wildflowers, wildlife and 51 miles of trails.
The Cal-Sag Trail is a multi-use path built almost entirely along the banks of the Cal-Sag Channel and Calumet River. Along 26 miles of waterway from Lemont in the west to Burnham in the east, the Cal-Sag Trail will stitch together more than 185,000 people in fourteen communities. It will connect them to regional trails, transit systems, retail areas, parks, forest preserves, marinas, nature centers, and the legacies of Big Steel, immigrant communities and the Underground Railroad.