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Hike Lake County Challenge


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 the 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, 2021.


2020 Hike Lake County Locations



Buffalo Creek 1.9 miles Trail Map »
Wright Woods 2.4 miles* Trail Map »
Cuba Marsh 1.6 miles Trail Map »
Ethel's Woods 1.3 miles Trail Map »
Fort Sheridan–North Entrance 1.7 miles Trail Map »
Grant Woods–South Entrance 1.9 miles Trail Map »
Greenbelt 1.3 miles Trail Map »
Lake Carina 1.0 miles Trail Map »
McDonald Woods 2.3 miles* Trail Map »
Old School 1.3 miles Trail Map »
Ray Lake 2.3 miles* Trail Map »
Van Patten Woods 2.4 miles* Trail Map »

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

2 miles* Trail Map »

* Counts as two trails

Hike Lake County Center

Stop by the General Offices listed below for your free commemorative shield or zipper pull (while supplies last). Hiking sticks and official Hike Lake County dog collars on sale at the General Offices. 

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

Hike Lake County Map

Use the interactive map below to view all of the Hike Lake County trails. View larger map.


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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