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Recreation Activities

Hike Lake County Challenge

The trails are marked, the 2021 hiking shields and zipper pulls are stocked, and we are excited! Thank you for visiting to learn more about this year's Hike Lake County program. Happy trails! 


Like to Hike?

Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated Hike Lake County trails. Look for the Hike Lake County logo at the trailhead of each participating preserve to get started on the right route.  

How It Works

Complete seven of the designated hikes between August 15 and November 30, and you'll earn a commemorative medallion. Choose from a hiking shield for your walking stick, a dog tag or a zipper pull, (while supplies last). Use the Travel Log to record each hike. Every hiker needs their own. Your canine companion can join the fun. Record the dog's name in your Travel Log when they complete a hike with you and receive a commemorate dog tag for their collar (up to three dogs per human hiker). Please note that bicycling and horseback riding do not count toward this program.

Commemorative Items

Submit your Travel Log in person at our General Offices or the Ryerson Welcome Center to get your commemorative hiking shield, dog tag or zipper pull (while supplies last). You can also submit your Travel Log online or mail it to Lake County Forest Preserves, 1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048, by January 31, 2022. Please call 847-367-6640 or email for assistance. 

Thank you for participating in the 2021 Hike Lake County program! We love to read your notes and hear about your experiences exploring this year's trails.


2021 Hike Lake County Locations Mileage Map
Fox River 2.1 miles* Trail Map »
Grassy Lake 1.8 miles Trail Map »
Half Day 1.1 miles Trail Map »
Heron Creek 1.6 miles Trail Map »
Lyons Woods 1.9 miles Trail Map »
Middlefork Savanna 2.6 miles* Trail Map »
Prairie Wolf 1.7 miles Trail Map »
Raven Glen (West) 1.8 miles Trail Map »
Rollins Savanna (Drury Lane Entrance) 1.9 miles Trail Map »
Sedge Meadow 2.3 miles* Trail Map »
Sun Lake 2.6 miles* Trail Map »
Waukegan Savanna 1.8 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 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.