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Grant Woods



Address

25405 West Monaville Road
Ingleside, IL 60041

Hours

6:30 am–sunset, daily.

Picnic Shelters

Shelter A

Maps

Trail Map
Directions

Acreage

1,226 acres

Activities

Biking
Canoeing/Kayaking
Fishing
Hike Lake County Challenge
Hiking
Picnic Shelter Rental
Snowmobiling
Summer Camps
Cross-Country Skiing

Amenities

Picnic Tables
Drinking Water
Public Parking
Toilets
Trails
Picnic Shelters

Programs

School & Scout

Related Sites

Grant Woods Canoe Launch on Long Lake

Related Documents

Countywide Map and Guide

Open prairies, quiet woodlands and marshes teeming with wildlife await you at this scenic preserve.

Trails

Six miles of gravel trails are open for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. In winter, snowmobilers have access to 4.5 miles of trails that tie into adjacent snowmobile trails on private land. A 1-mile grass trail in the far northeastern section of the preserve can be accessed from Cedar Lake Road. The trail extends to Fairfield Road, across from Lake Villa Township's Caboose Park. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).

A separate parking lot located between Rollins Road and Lakeshore Drive just west of Fairfield Road provides trail access to the southern section of Grant Woods, and a connection to the Chain O'Lakes Bike Path. 

Boat Launch

Across from the parking lot is a public boat launch on Long Lake for cartop boats like canoes, kayaks or other small non-motorized watercraft. Launching is free and at your own risk. You'll need approved flotation gear and your boat must be properly registered with the state of Illinois. Electric trolling motors are allowed. Trailers are not permitted. Use the boat launch parking lot on south section of the preserve, south of Rollins Road.

History

After the Potawatomi left this area in the 1830s, most of it was grazed and farmed. Early landowners include Elijah Stanford, Charles Hawkins, and Otto Lehmann. Stanford and Hawkins were both born in New York in 1832. Stanford came to Fox Lake with his parents at the age of 12, left for the California Gold Rush with his wife at the age of 18, moved to Nevada when 32 and returned here to farm this land at age 38.

Hawkins moved here as a 13-year-old and stayed until he was 29, when the Civil War broke out. He joined the infantry and fought in several battles, receiving a bullet wound in his hand. After the war, he returned to his farm here and became a school director.

Otto Lehmann, son of E.J. Lehmann (founder of Chicago’s Fair Department Store and responsible for bringing the railroad to Lake Villa), also owned property in what is now Grant Woods. He and his family helped the area’s economy, employing local residents as horse trainers, carpenters, and grounds keepers on their large estates, including the historic Lehmann Mansion, which is located adjacent to Sun Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Villa.

The Natural Scene

There is a lot of variety in this gently rolling landscape of woodlands, prairie and marsh. One area, designated as a protected Illinois Nature Preserve, was never farmed and thus is rich in rare native plants. It even supports a tamarack bog, a rarity in this region. Bluebirds fill the nest boxes dotting the property, springtime ponds fill to the brim with noisy frogs, summer prairie grasses tower over visitors, and year-round glimpses of deer, hawks and other wildlife abound.

Lake County’s only known stand of wild Kentucky coffee trees grows here. Since their large shiny seeds were used in Native American games and trade, the trees’ presence indicates the possibility that indigenous people frequented this site and perhaps even had a village here.

Location

The south entrance is on Monaville Road between Route 59 and Fairfield Road, in Ingleside. Here you'll find a picnic shelter, pond for fishing, trails and toilets.

The north entrance is on Grand Avenue (Route 132) between Route 59 and Fairfield Road, in Lake Villa. Here you'll find trails and toilets. 

A separate parking lot on Cedar Lake Road just south of Grand Avenue provides access to a 1-mile grass trail in the far northeastern section of the preserve. The trail extends to Fairfield Road, across from Lake Villa Township's Caboose Park.

The canoe launch parking area is located between Rollins Road and Lakeshore Drive just west of Fairfield Road, in Ingleside. Trail access to the southern section of Grant Woods, and a connection to the Chain O'Lakes Bike Path is also available from this lot.

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