Rolling terrain, bluffs, ravines and mature trees set on the Lake Michigan shoreline make this preserve a scenic destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Trails here include roughly 4.5 miles for hiking, 3.7 miles for cross-country skiing, and 1.3 miles for bicycling: the 1.3-mile asphalt Lake Michigan Trail is designed for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing and runs from Sheridan Road through the preserve to Lake Michigan where you can enjoy 0.75 miles of sandy shoreline for hiking, fishing, bird watching, picnicking or relaxing. Swimming, wading and boating are not allowed.
The trail connects visitors to educational exhibits along the Fort's historic parade ground and to other walk-through exhibits and viewing stations along the route. An additional 2.1 miles of mowed trail are also available for hiking and cross-country skiing. A shorter 0.3-mile woodchip trail is also open to hiking and cross-country skiing and offers scenic views of the preserve's ravines from the trail bridge. Biking is not allowed on this section of trail.
View images and videos about the preserve's trails, educational exhibits, cemetery, lakeshore, natural resources and ongoing restoration efforts.
Middle School Curriculum
Fort Sheridan's rich history and unique natural resources provide an ideal backdrop for studying topics relevant in today's social studies, science and language arts classrooms. A free educator's kit is available to instructors of middle school-level students. Call 847-968-3321.
The Fort Sheridan cemetery has played an important role in the site's history. It stands as a silent witness to the past. Generations of American military service members and their families are buried in this unique oval-shaped cemetery located within view of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Gravestones here date back to 1890.
Though we provide ongoing care and maintenance, the cemetery is still operated by the Army. The cemetery currently has available burial openings for eligible verterans from any branch of military service and their family. For questions regarding burials, contact the Cemetery Supervisor Joe Rafferty at 847-615-0232.
A separate, scenic entrance is provided in the northern part of the preserve. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm, daily, with hours extended to 7 pm for Memorial Day. Details.
Golf Course Information
The former golf course was constructed by the Army in the late 1960s for use by military personnel. The course is now closed. Details.