Let’s hear it for new parks that we have stumbled upon in our travels! And for the ones that are right under our noses. Lake County, Illinois is home to a number of forest preserves. Today we are showcasing Van Patten Woods. Exploring this small-town park in Illinois is the definition of an underrated adventure.

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I am thrilled to be able to add a new adventure in my home state. Exploring this small-town park in Illinois is the definition of an underrated adventure – to Van Patten Woods and beyond. Visit the Van Patten Woods website.

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