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Activities at your forest preserves



Hiking or jogging is the most popular activity in the forest preserves. More than 182 miles of multiuse trails provide opportunities for exercise, relaxation and quality time outdoors. Download trail maps.

Trail Surfaces

The majority of preserve trails are gravel. Some sites also have paved trails:

  • Independence Grove, Libertyville
  • Old School, Libertyville
  • Millennium Trail (from the horse trailer parking area at Singing Hills north to Rollins Savanna)
  • Fort Sheridan, Highland Park
  • Hastings Lake, Lindenhurst

There also are a small number of preserves that offer mowed grass or woodchip trails.

All preserve trails are between 8–14 feet wide and are ADA accessible.

Trail Courtesy

As hikers share our many multipurpose trails with others who want to enjoy the outdoors, please follow these rules of common sense and courtesy.

  • Leash and pick up after your pet.
  • Walk on the right.
  • Allow space on the left for others to pass.
  • Remember that bicycles and horses may be passing you from behind.
  • Use caution around horses.
  • Keep on marked trails.
  • Collecting and littering are prohibited.

Guide Information

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Rules and Regulations

All activities on District property are subject to the Lake County Forest Preserve Rules and Regulations.


Hiking Locations

Bonner Heritage Farm
Buffalo Creek
Captain Daniel Wright Woods
Captain Daniel Wright Woods Canoe Launch (Route 60)
Cuba Marsh
Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway
Dog Sled Area
Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area
Fort Hill Trail
Fort Sheridan
Fourth Lake
Fox River
Gander Mountain
Grant Woods
Grassy Lake
Greenbelt Cultural Center
Half Day
Hastings Lake
Heron Creek
Independence Grove
Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Lake Carina
Lyons Woods
Marl Flat
McDonald Woods
Middlefork Savanna
Millennium Trail and Greenway
Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch
Old School
Operations and Public Safety Facility
Pine Dunes
Prairie Wolf
Raven Glen
Ray Lake
Rollins Savanna
Sedge Meadow
Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch (Wadsworth Road)
Singing Hills
Sun Lake
Van Patten Woods