Like to Hike?
Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated Hike Lake County trails. At each preserve, look for the Hike Lake County signs at the trailhead to get you started on the right route.
How It Works
Complete just seven of the hikes between August 15 and November 30, and you'll earn a commemorative shield for your walking stick. Use the Travel Log to record each hike. Every hiker needs their own. Bicycling or horseback riding do not count toward the program.
Let your canine companion join in the fun and complete the hikes with you. Record their name on your Travel Log and your dog will receive a commemorative dog tag (up to three dogs). You can even purchase an optional Hike Lake County dog collar to hang it on.
To receive your free dog tag, or commemorative shield for your walking stick, submit your Travel Log online, bring it to any Hike Lake County Center (see below), or mail it with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Lake County Forest Preserves, 1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048, by January 31, 2015.
2014 Hike Lake County Challenge Trails
- Fort Sheridan, 1.7 miles.^ Trail Map
- Grant Woods, 1.6 miles.^ Trail Map
- Greenbelt, 1.9 miles. Trail Map
- Half Day, 1.6 miles.^ Trail Map
- Hastings Lake, 2.2 miles.* Trail Map
- Lakewood, 1.7 miles. Trail Map
- Marl Flat, 1.8 mile. Trail Map
- Ray Lake, 2.3 miles.* Trail Map
- Rollins Savanna, 3.6 miles.* Trail Map
- Ryerson Woods, 2.5 miles.*^† Trail Map
- Sedge Meadow, 1.7 miles.^ Trail Map
- Van Patten Woods, 1.7 miles. Trail Map
- Wild Card You pick! Choose a 2-mile walk at any Lake County Forest Preserve trail.
* Counts as two trails.
^ Section or entire trail not wheelchair accessible.
† Dogs not permitted.
Hike Lake County Centers
Stop by any of the locations listed below for your free shield or dog tag. Buy a hiking stick ($10 ea) at all locations except Independence Grove. Purchase an official Hike Lake County dog collar ($5 ea) at the General Offices or Ryerson Woods. Golden Guide books ($7 ea) are available at Ryerson Woods or the Discovery Museum.
Optional Mobile Check-In
As an option, you can also use your iPhone or Android smartphone to record your completed hikes. Check-in* via our smartphone app, available for free in the Apple App Store or Android Market––search for "Lake County Forest Preserves." Spot a rare bird or notice any plants in bloom? Share your hiking photos and nature comments with other hikers. Show us your check-ins on your smartphone by January 31, 2015 to receive your commemorative shield. *Facebook account required to enable mobile check-in.
LCFPD :: Apple App Store
LCFPD :: Android Play Store