St. Charles to Batavia Hike

Walking, a Japanese Garden, the Fox River and ice cream, too.

Join us for a 9 mile hike along the Fox River from St. Charles to Batavia and back. On Saturday March 29, we will meet at 12:30 PM at the Starbuck's at 101 East Main, in .St. Charles and will head for the nearby Fox River Trail. The walk takes us along the river past an old fashion windmill, across a foot bridge into the Japanese Gardens in the town of Geneva. If weather conditions are right, we may see a hillside of brilliant, blue scilla, an early spring flower. After a look around the Japanese Garden we shall proceed along the river to the town of Batavia where we can stop for ice cream or tour the Mary Todd Lincoln Museum. We shall cross a bridge and make our way back to St. Charles.  

The walk takes us through gardens, forest and, though some parts are residential, the tranquil Fox River is always in view.  The walk is a combination of pavement and dirt path so hiking boots or waterproof walking shoes are best in the event of mud on the trail.

Please bring plenty of  water and sunscreen if necessary There are parking lots within 2 blocks of the Starbucks and on street parking.

Directions:  From Chicago, take I-290 west to North Avenue (IL-64) which becomes Main Street in St. Charles.

Join or login to comment.

  • George

    Nice workout with great views along the way.

    March 30, 2014

  • Katherine

    Thank you Hope for organizing this great afternoon.

    March 29, 2014

  • Carolyn

    I won't be able to make this hike, but signed up for the next one. Have fun and see you then.

    March 28, 2014

  • Sandra C

    The weather is just not cooperating this spring.

    March 28, 2014

  • Mary L.

    would love to be with you folks - the walk sounds great but have a previous commitment for that day - do please keep in the loop - thanks

    March 23, 2014

  • Margaret T

    Active in natural restoration work most Saturdays, but hope to join a hike soon.

    March 17, 2014

  • Carolyn

    I'd like to do this, but since I haven't been doing much this winter, 9 miles seems like a lot - 5-6 o.k. If I can get a bunch of walking in before then, I'd love to come. Have to let you know.

    March 14, 2014

8 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy