Lake Katherine Nature Center
We needed an outing today, so my youngest son and I drove to Palos Heights, Illinois, to walk at the Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens. Even though I’ve driven through this area at least a dozen times, I did not know this nature preserve even existed until I found it in the book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles-Chicago by Ted Villaire. Mr. Villaire has written several books and articles about Illinois trails and maintains the blog Prairie Fever. I’ve only recently discovered his writings, but already consider him a great resource when looking for new trails.
Once an overgrown vacant lot, the Village of Palos Heights transformed the Lake Katherine property into a park in the 1980s. The entire park runs along the southern bank of the Calumet-Sag Channel with one section heavily wooded and basically untouched, and the other section landscaped with gardens and paths. The trail between these two sections runs under the Harlem Avenue bridge over the canal. We walked mostly in the wooded section and enjoyed views of the Calumet-Sag Channel and the water aeration falls on the other bank in Worth.
After our walk, we crossed to the other side of the Channel and checked out the bridges across the waterfalls in Worth. We enjoyed seeing the solitary bench on the other side of the channel where we had been earlier.
Good day, good walk!