Lakewood Forest Preserve Trail Loop

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Lakewood Forest Preserve Trail Loop is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wauconda, IL that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

2.6 miles 166 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving


trail running


cross country skiing

horseback riding





wild flowers






Lakewood is Lake County's largest forest preserve. This site is also home to the Lake County Discovery Museum, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives and the Lake County History Archives. Dedicated equestrian trails, and additional trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiiling. No bikes. Lakewood is home to 24 threatened and endangered species. On the west side of the preserve is the 70-acre Wauconda Bog. It is ringed by poison sumac and a natural moat, and is so ecologically valuable it is designated as a National Natural Landmark and an Illinois Nature Preserve. Learn more Another area of note is Broberg Marsh, home to a variety of wetland birds. Its habitat provides one of the best breeding spots in the county for birds. This landscape is a mixture of oak woods, wetlands and fields. You'll also find farmlands and groves of evergreens. A lot of wildlife lives here and if you're observant, you may even spot one of the bats from the colony living near Shelter E. These shy mammals sleep while picnickers have their fun, and then awake at dusk to eat thousands of mosquitoes and other bugs.

4 months ago

Nice hike through the woods year round. I love to snow shoe here. I frequently see deer when I hike here.

7 months ago

rock used on trails too large cause stone bruises on horses.
suggest using crushed lime stone then rolled to keep in place . Just like used on walking trails

1 year ago

Lakewood trail is ok for families but if you're into longer more challenging hikes the better trail is across Fairfield. It's a longer trek. If you go east you will have to back track as this is primarily a bike trail. You have an option of following the Millenium trail either west or north. The northern route goes under Rt. 176 via tunnel and circles Ray's Farm preserve, about a 4 mile walk. Any direction is great, lots of water bird sightings, coyote, deer, etc. in the north and eastern sections.

Please note dogs are allowed on the preserve trails as long as they are leashed. If your dog is running loose you will be ticketed.

1 year ago

1 year ago

Well, just found out today that you can't walk your dog on a leash on these trails. I've been doing it for 14 years and never had a problem but today I got in trouble! So don't bring your dogs! Ugh, now where am I going to walk every day?!

horseback riding
1 year ago

I love Lakewood trails! If you don't know the trails very well, it's quite easy to get lost, but I take my horses on the trails almost every day! There are a couple ponds/small lakes that I take the horses swimming in as well! There are always tons and tons of deer to see and it's the most beautiful in the fall! Lots of up and down hill trails. Makes for a great workout for your horse, and people!