G.P.S. - N. 41* 37.854 W. 087* 46.216
Directions and Rules
A little bit about the Grove....
A few things to remember when visiting Bachelors Grove Cemetery and surrounding Forest Preserves:
1) The cemetery is open to the public during regular Forest Preserve hours which is Sun up to Sun Down. This rule is strictly enforced. If you enter the Forest preserve outside of these hours you risk being fined and or arrested.
2) Please do not stand or climb on tombstones! It is dangerous and disrespectful!
3) Do not light any candles with in the cemetery or place them on headstones.
4) Don't be afraid to report any strange behavior in the area to local authorities!!
Bachelors Grove is within Everdon woods which is a part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook
County.The cemetery itself is owned by the Cook County real estate office, and IS NOT part of the
F.P.D.C.C. although they do share a responsibility with the real estate office for care and management.
Bachelors Grove has many highly used trails by visitors and by the Boy Scouts, two of the more popular
ones are the Bigfoot and Iroquois trails. The area offers endless nature along its endless trails.
Please beware that some of these trails are fairly thick and full of thorns , especially in the dead of summer.
Rubio woods offers covered picnic shelters's, a sunny open field. There is also a fantastic paved bike path
that continues through 25 miles of woods and local area.
The Grove and Rubio woods also is a popular area for geocaching. We have met many families and adventurers in
search of geo-treasure. Geocaching is a virtual scavenger hunt of sorts. By using gps tracking technology, you can hunt
down what is called a Geocache. They come in many different shapes and sizes but the typical will be some form of
container. Inside will be a log book and small trinkets. When you find one, you leave a small item in the container
and chose one to take with you. You write your Geocaching username in the log book and you can keep a log online
of the caches you've found. There are actually people who have found thousands of these all over the world!!
For more details or to get started visit www.geocaching.com
A friend of ours has hidden
a few within the Forest Preserve
surrounding Bachelors Grove,
come on out and find them,
IF YOU CAN!
Bachelors Grove is located in south
suburban Midlothian IL,
approximately 25 miles
Southwest of Chicago City limits.
B.G. is on the South side of the
Midlothian Turnpike- 143 ST, between
Central and Ridgeland Ave .
You will see a large Rubio Woods forest preserve
sign on the North side of 143rd St. You must
park in the Rubio woods parking lot.
To find the entrance to the cemetery
VERY CAREFULLY cross 143 Street to the
South side towards the fenced Towers.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL, this is a heavily traveled,
high speed stretch of roadway.
When you reach the south side go west
along 143 St. until you see the wooden post
cabled off entrance, with the closed sign
When you reach the cable pictured above
we suggest you take a deep breathe,
ground and center yourself before
Then begin your almost quarter mile
The Path to Bachelors Grove
The path beyond the cable will take you directly to the cemetery.
Pay attention to what you may hear, feel, possibly what you might see when walking
down the path, for it is here, where many speak of the feeling of a "presence" or the
sense of "being watched".
If you are able at any point during your visit, please contribute to helping in the ongoing battle of keeping the area clean.
On the way in on the path or while you are in the area. There are two trash cans at the cemetery. One at each gate.
One can have much fun in a day while
enjoying the area called Bachelors Grove, but Please remember
it is a cemetery and not a playground. Enjoy the location
but please do so with courtesy and respect.
Thank you !!
Karl & Wendy
The Path to Bachelors Grove