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Lake County Forest Preserves | Preservation, Restoration, Education and Recreation


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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 logo 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 or a zipper pull (while supplies last). 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, zipper pull or commemorative shield for your walking stick (while supplies last), submit your Travel Log online, bring it to any Hike Lake County Center, or mail it with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Lake County Forest Preserves, 1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048 by January 31, 2020.

2019 Hike Lake County Locations



Des Plaines River Trail–Route 60 Canoe Launch 1.9 miles Trail Map »
Fourth Lake–Operations Facility 2.3 miles* Trail Map »
Grant Woods–Grand Avenue 1.7 miles Trail Map »
Grassy Lake 1.8 miles Trail Map »
Independence Grove 2.6 miles* # Trail Map »
Lakewood–Winter Sports Area 1.7 miles Trail Map »
Nippersink 1.2 miles Trail Map »
Pine Dunes 2.2 miles* Trail Map »
Ryerson Woods 1.6 miles# ^ Trail Map »
Singing Hills 3.2 miles* Trail Map »
Spring Bluff 1.8 miles Trail Map »
Van Patten Woods 1.7 miles Trail Map »

Wild Card–You Pick!
Choose any Lake County Forest Preserve trail.

2 miles* Trail Map »

* Counts as two trails    # No dogs allowed    ^ Not ADA accessible

Hike Lake County Centers

Stop by any of the locations listed below for your free commemorative shield or zipper pull (while supplies last). Buy a hiking stick ($10 each) at all locations. Purchase an official Hike Lake County dog collar ($5 each) at the General Offices or Ryerson Woods. Golden Guide books ($7 each) are available at Ryerson Woods.

General Offices, Libertyville
Weekdays, 8 am–4:30 pm | 847-367-6640

Operations Office, Lindenhurst
Weekdays, 6:30 am–3 pm | 847-968-3411

Ryerson Woods Welcome Center, Riverwoods
Tue–Sat, 9 am–5 pm; Sun, 11 am–4 pm | 847-968-3320

Guided Hike Lake County Hikes

On Sundays from August 18–November 10, join a naturalist for a guided walk of some of Lake County’s breathtaking scenery. Stroll through woodlands, prairies, forests, and along the Des Plaines River Trail while improving your health and knowledge of nature.

Walks are free and open to all ages; 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Please note: with the exception of service animals, dogs and other pets are not permitted at walk programs. Dates and locations »


Check the current status (open/closed) of trails and underpasses along the Des Plaines River Trail, the Millennium Trail, community trail connections, and preserve trails marked on the map below. Public access is restricted at closed trails and underpasses.


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