Grassy Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Grassy Lake Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barrington, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles 127 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running


cross country skiing




wild flowers





The preserve's 5.6 miles of gravel and mowed grass trails offer some of the best access to the banks of the Fox River. Trails here wind through colorful sedge meadows, mature oak woodlands, and a variety of other natural habitats. Hours 6:30 amsunset, daily Six scenic overlooks offer maginificent views of the Fox River Valley and of Grassy Lake. Kelsey Road divides the preserve's two separate northern sections, but a trail tunnel and an at-grade road crossing with a flashing beacon provide safe passage at both locations. Trail connections are also provided to adjacent neighborhoods. Trails here are open only for hiking and cross-country skiing. Biking is not allowed. Keep dogs leashed and on the trails at all times, and pick up after them.

4 months ago

9 months ago

Red section of this trail is newly paved and/or limestone - reroute of part of old trail. Section north of parking lot stripped of non-native vegetation all the way to river, as part of prairie restoration. Wide open & barren - boring & exposed to sun/wind. Wait a few years until it recovers.