Don’t Be Scared….Try This Trail!

With all the talk about Zombie Runs and scary, spooky trials, it’s a stark reminder that many people are honestly afraid to run our glorious trail system.  Even more so, afraid to run a trail alone.  Well, if we don’t run alone, then sometimes running is not an option.  I totally understand.  So if you are one of those people who is leery about trying a trail, here is a good one for you.  Yankee Woods in Oak Forest, IL.  Park in the lot off of Central  Avenue, just south of 159th  Street.  Here is the photo of the 3.1 mile loop.  Its super easy, just keep running clockwise and don’t take any of the little spurs.  You won’t get lost.image

This trail runs the perimeter of the George W Dunne Golf Course and is surrounded by urban area, including busy thoroughfares like Central Avenue and 159th Street.  The trail is heavily traveled so no matter what time of day, you will encounter cyclists, walkers, moms with strollers, and lots of runners of varying pace.  It’s a small piece of paradise nestled amongst the bustling suburbs of Tinley Park and Oak Forest.  It is also part of a much larger trail system for when you get braver and want to explore new territories!  If you want and I have, you can run from the Midlothian Reservoir (entrance on 167th Street, just west of Cicero Avenue) all the way into Palos.  Great trail.  Very scenic.  Rolling Hills.  Map below includes the additional trails beyond Yankee Woods.


Since the trail is surrounded by people, traffic and the golf course, you won’t ever be alone.  If there were an emergency, you could literally bust thru the woods onto a busy street or into a neighborhood with a few steps.  There is one section that is somewhat secluded but it’s a very short jaunt.

I hit this trail last night on my way home because I didn’t have a lot of time and Dr Alexis won’t let me run very far and I was once again amazed by the beauty.  Here are a few photos:

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It looks like you are in the middle of nowhere but you’re really not.  Nice, huh?  I still wear my Wrist Saver pepper spray and go without music so that I can be aware of my surroundings.  I always like to err on the side of caution but I’m not at all nervous about running this trail alone.  Overall, its a great trail nestled into a very busy area.  The miles will fly by and be a blur….just like me in this photo.  🙂

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** Happy Trail Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **