Almond Marsh Loop Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Grayslake, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until June.
While there are no trails here, the site is a favorite among birders. On a good day, an astute observer may sight dozens of species of waterfowl and raptors, including the Cooper's hawk and peregrine falcon. Open Saturdays, 8 am -12 pm, April through June (except Memorial Day weekend). The Natural Scene The highlight of this site is the significant marsh and sedge meadow complex. Approximately 110 acres here enjoy added protection as a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve. The entire site is part of the larger Liberty Prairie Reserve, a collaboration of public agencies and private landowners to create a significant landscape of continuous open space in Libertyville Township. Almond Marsh provides a great spot for migrating waterfowl to rest and forage. Many different bird species have been documented using the preserve, including the state endangered black-crowned night heron and king rail. Great blue herons have been an iconic species at this marsh for decades, but the natural deterioration of tall trees recently has caused a decline in nesting sites for this species.