Recreation & Activities

Pingree Grove offers a variety of outdoor recreation through our own park services and through collaboration with the Kane County Forest Preserve District as well as the Hampshire Park District. See the links below for more information!

Outdoor Adventures

Bird Watching
  • Pingree Grove is a great place to view a variety of native birds. Keep an eye out while enjoying the parks, at the local ponds, and even in your own backyard.
  • The Pingree Grove Forest Preserve is home to Great Blue Herons, nesting Sand Hill Cranes, and a host of fine wetland birds. It is a popular visiting area for viewing the endangered Yellow-headed Blackbird and the American Bittern.
  • Kane County Audobon- a local birding group with many resources and activities
Hiking, Biking, and Riding Trails
  • Pedestrian Trails- VoPG and Cambridge work together to provide numerous multi-use trails to be shared by runners, bicyclists, and walkers. See additional information about bike trails near the Fox River or use TrailLink to find a variety of local trails.
  • Horseback Riding Trails- The Pingree Grove Forest Preserve (PDF) includes horseback riding trails. Most trails are natural surface - mowed grass paths. Limestone screening trails and asphalt bike trails are available in some of the preserves. These are multi-use trails shared with runners, bicyclists, dog walkers etc. Horse riders are required to stay on designated, forest preserve-maintained trails. Trail riding is not allowed in restricted natural areas.