One of Lake County's largest forest preserves, Rollins Savanna offers the perfect setting for grassland birds, waterfowl and other wildlife.
A 7.75-mile gravel trail with bridges and boardwalks winds through wetlands, groves of large oaks and open prairies teeming with wildflowers and native grasses. The trail is open for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing. A connection to our regional Millennium Trail, and to the Grayslake Bike Path and Prairie Crossing Trail, are also available from this preserve.
A successful partnership with the Village of Gurnee allowed us to extend the existing trail system in the northeast part of Rollins Savanna to Route 45 and Dada Drive and provide a safe crossing for trails users. This 0.4-mile gravel trail connects the Village's bike path and several residential areas to the preserve and to the Millennium Trail so people can extend their recreation experience.
Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).
Native Seed Nursery
Rare and hard-to-collect seeds of different native species are carefully grown here. The nursery gives our restoration ecologists access to these rare plants that were previously cost prohibitive or unavailable. We use the plants grown here to restore native habitat through the forest preserves.
Groups, adults, and families with children ages 10 and up are welcome to volunteer at the nursery. Learn how to become a volunteer.
Birder's Field of Dreams
Rollins Savanna is named an "Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society due to the large number of endangered yellow-headed blackbirds that find refuge here. Dubbed a “Birder’s Field of Dreams,” the preserve is favored by birdwatchers.
Bird Observation Area
Located near the Drury Lane parking area, a stone path off the preserve trail provides access to a raised earthen platform with a clear view of the adjacent grassland and wetland. It's an ideal spot for birdwatching. Bring your own binoculars or use the magnified viewing scopes provided. Learn more »
Interpretive signs inform visitors about habitat and species they might see from that vantage point. Oak trees around the seating area provide shade for visitors using the observation deck and also help them blend into the landscape to create less of a disturbance to wildlife using that habitat.