E.L. Ryerson Conservation Area Loop Trail

EASY 23 reviews

E.L. Ryerson Conservation Area Loop Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Deerfield, IL that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.1 miles 56 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

old growth

snow

washed out

no dogs

The preserve's rich natural and cultural history is recognized by its dual designation as an Illinois Nature Preserve (a selection saved for ecologically high quality land) and as a Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. Over 6.5 miles of scenic trails wind through woods to the Des Plaines River. Trails here are open for hiking and, when snow is at least four inches deep, cross-country skiing. Trails lead past historic buildings, next to the Des Plaines River and into a woodland dense enough to block out most human-made noises. Some visitors have even said that they feel transported far from Lake County as they follow the trails.

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, saw several deer. Loved the part next to the river. Trail intersections had a map so you could orient yourself for longer or shorter run. Outer loop ended up just over 3 mikes

1 month ago

So peaceful and beautiful.

walking
1 month ago

Nice walk through the woods. I like that the trail goes along the river. Very happy to see all the habitat restoration. Cool place to learn about the history of the area. I will definitely be back to check it out in the spring.

walking
1 month ago

Love this place! Very flat path and very wooded. Definitely bring bug spray if it's summer. Have seen a few garter snakes sun bathing in the afternoon here-- super neat!

walking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful, easy walk in the woods. Bring the bug spray though!

6 months ago

beautiful! love it :)

6 months ago

Very pleasant

7 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

1 year ago

Nice hike but load up on the bug spray. Mosquitoes are really bad.

1 year ago

This one's also listed under "Ryerson Woods Hike." Looks as though most people find it through that one. Maybe this one could be merged into that one?

hiking
1 year ago

One of the best hikes I can find within 15 minutes of my house. The outer loop makes for a great 2-4 hour hike, depending on your pace. Completed it in about two, but that was going at a good pace to outrun mosquitos! They've been worse this year than any in recent memory. Could easily spend a lot more time exploring. My little buddy on my back had a great time too, and even got to see a couple big bucks with nice antlers that still had some velvet on them!

walking
1 year ago

Loved this place, so peaceful. Unfortunately, we found three ticks on my husband and son after our walk.

hiking
1 year ago

Great place to hike 1-1.5 hours. Deciduous woods along the upper Des Plaines river. You'll see deer (rather abundant here) along with the normal animals and birds found in northern Illinois. Watch out for roots and fallen trees, especially in fall / winter when the leaves and snow cover these up. The walkways over the flood prone areas are great but if the temp is at freezing or below beware the black ice that builds up. Visitor center is a great place to start to get an idea on the trails and the history of this area.

3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

Great for families with young kids. Lots of short, flat trails so you can walk just about any length you like. The area is apparently a 1930's & 40's-era vacation get-away for a steel tycoon (named Ryerson) and some friends who had log cabins on the Des Plaines river, which are still maintained and on the trails. Ryerson's summer home is also on the property and operates as a small museum / art gallery. Near the welcome center, there is a farm area with sheep, goats, and chicken.

There's not much to offer a hard-core hiker, but this is a wonderful little spot to get away from the city with your kids for the better part of a day.

hiking
3 years ago

Very nice walk. Many Mosquitos. Good map at visitor center. Almost alone there on a Sunday afternoon.

hiking
3 years ago

Ryerson is relatively easy and lightly used with several easy loops. Good for bird watching and seeing the occasional deer. A lot of beaver evidence along the river as well. Open year round but can get mesy during the winter/