If you are looking at a Google Earth (<--free download) image of Oak Forest, one thing you will notice right away is the immense amount of “green” that surrounds the city.  Almost all of this green you see is the Cook County Forest Preserve, and part of this green space is the George Dunne National Golf Course.  Another major attraction the city has to offer is the Chicago Gaelic Park.  See below for more details on each. 

​Cook County Forest Preserve
The city of Oak Forest is surrounded by natural greenspace....640 acres or so to be not-so-exact.  These 640 acres are connected by 20+ miles of looped recreational trails for the bicyclist or hiker, or handwalker (some trails aren't paved so that will hurt a bit).  Some preserves such as the Midlothian Reservoir or Bremen Grove provide great fishing spots,benches to enjoy the calming view or a connected trail system.  

Camp Sullivan, at 147th and Ridgeland, is expected to be renovated adding new campsites, trails and activities.  New cabins are also planned along with new bunkhouses and shelters providing showers and restrooms.  

For a list of trail maps, visit here for more detail and click here to see the Tinley Creek Trail System that services much of the Oak Forest Area.

George Dunne National Golf Course
This hidden gem of Oak Forest is seen by many of the golf community as the best public golf course in the region and was recognized by Golf Digest for such.  Dunne National offers the unique features of bent grass fairways and greens, eight lakes (<--not so "enjoyable" sometimes), which come into play on eleven of the course’s holes, tree lined fairways and not to mention an abundance of wildlife help make your golf experience a memorable one.  Right off of Central Avenue just down from 159th Street, it is easily accessible from the interstate.  

​Chicago Gaelic Park
The Chicago Gaelic Park is one of the nation's largest Irish cultural centers.  The park sits on 50 acres of land and provides many different types of events, both indoor and outdoor.  From wedding boutique events to a national rugby tournament, Gaelic Park is a regional and national attraction providing many different Irish heritage festivals apart from the normal St. Patty's Day fun.  Click here for a calendar of events and make sure to check out what else Oak Forest has to offer when you stop by!