Fall is one of the best times to go for a hike. It’s the perfect temperature – not too hot or too cold. And witnessing the magic of the season as the leaves turn colors is absolutely amazing. One of the best spots for leaf peeping in McHenry County is Coral Woods in Marengo. Read on to see why!
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Finding Coral Woods was pretty easy with a GPS and there is plenty of parking in the lot. If you’re visiting during fall, you don’t want to miss the beautiful, beautiful sumac. I was particularly fond of this tree. It was the prettiest color.
My Experience at Coral Woods
I’ve been to Coral Woods before for the Maple Sugar program (highly recommend – read all about it here) so was a bit familiar with the terrain. I was here for a Fall photography program hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District (again, highly recommend!). After learning a few tips and tricks about photography, we were off to explore and snap a few photos with our newfound knowledge. Our group hiked around the short easy .4 hike. I’d definitely recommend this trail for leaf peeping.
Make sure to look down…
and also look up….
Although, we were a couple weeks early for peak leaf changing, it was still beautiful If you feel like a longer hike, I also recommend trying the Nature Trail.
Final Thoughts of Coral Woods
I may have been a week or so early before the peak fall color but it was still worth the visit. I can imagine how much more beautiful it would be later during the season. Make sure to stop here for beautiful leaf peeping!
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Address: 7400 Somerset, Marengo
Bathrooms: Yes pit toilets located by trailhead