Fall is the perfect time to connect to nature, and there are a variety of places in Schaumburg where you can take in the beauty that is on full display all around you.
Residents make regular visits to the area’s many parks to sightsee, get some exercise, explore nature trails, and more.
One of the largest and most popular outdoor spaces nearby is Busse Woods, also known as the Ned Brown Preserve. Spanning over 3,500 acres, this expansive area features a ton of options for residents to spend time connecting with nature. The preserve is home to an extensive trail network, with a primary paved trail around 13 miles in length that’s perfect for bikers and runners, with smaller walking trails for forest exploration connected to the main route. Aside from the gorgeous forests and meadows, the [reserve also houses one of the largest bodies of water used for fishing and boating in the county. Rent a boat on-site or use one of the drop-off areas to explore this massive and gorgeous area by water.
Another unique feature of the region is the Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm. This 135-acre park is home to great natural features such as untarnished woodland areas and streams and is the site of an 1880s living history museum known as the Heritage Farm. The museum harkens back to the area’s roots as a farming community populated largely by German immigrants, and is open for the public to explore and learn about local history. Other great park amenities include wagon rides, a gift shop, educational programs for children, and more.
More opportunities to get outside can be found at Olympic Park, home to a variety of great athletic fields and facilities as well as a skate park, garden plots, and a popular walking trail.
As a bicycle-friendly village, Schaumburg is home to more than 90 miles of bike paths and trails that you can enjoy year-round. Schaumburg was actually the first community in Illinois to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community, and was re-certified with a Bronze level designation by the League in its most recent review of our program. So, even if you’re new to biking, Schaumburg is not and we’ll help you get acquainted with this great leisure activity. Check out our bike map and suggested bike routes to get you started!