E.L. Ryerson Conservation Area Loop Trail

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Ryerson Conservation Area

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

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 42 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

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.

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flooded
muddy
3 days ago

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bridge out
flooded
muddy
24 days ago

Recent rains caused the Des Plaines River to overflow onto the flood plains. The bridge began and ended in the water and was impassable. Saw red headed woodpeckers, cardinals, blue jays, a garter snake, and many wildflowers.

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muddy
1 month ago

Muddy this time of year

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Certainly one of the better conservation areas in Chicago Land. Beautiful river, excellent facilities and I saw a beaver.

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muddy
off trail
5 months ago

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bugs
7 months ago

Great hike! It's well maintained and has plenty of shade. We did get a couple mosquito bites though.

Good hike in the woods by the river.

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bridge out
closed
8 months ago

Serene and wonderful scents of early fall. Wildflowers in bloom and great to connect with nature. A lot of rain has lead to flooding near river, and trails being closed, but there were plenty of other options.

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bugs
muddy
8 months ago

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bugs
10 months ago

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bridge out
muddy
washed out
Sat May 04 2019

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muddy
Sun Apr 21 2019

It was a very easy beautiful hike! Parts of the trail are very muddy.

Part of the trails are muddy but lots of fun

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Sat Mar 09 2019

Well-marked trail, even during snowy/wet conditions.

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Fri Oct 26 2018

very nice trail, the path is easy and full of trees.

Fri Aug 31 2018

This has become one of my favorite place to go

Sun Jul 22 2018

This place is beautiful. They do a great job managing for removal of invasive plants. The trails get flooded in Spring and after rains. Mosquitoes can be intense especially near sections of the river. There are historic settler cabins on the site. Terrain is mostly flat with well maintained trails so it’s an easier hike. In Autumn the sugar maples paint the sky yellow. In Spring the spring ephemerals paint the ground with varying waves of color.

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Sun Jul 15 2018

Trail surface: grass and mud, have had a lot of rain this year. Bugs: we did the three mile Outer Loop and almost turned back due to swarms of mosquitoes, also found ticks on me and my husband when we got home. Scenery: Really beautiful, but not much variation, wooded areas, grassy areas, wood bridges and river. Elevation gain: even though map claims some elevation feels essential flat. Amenities: Visitor Center very nice, restrooms very clean, staff very friendly, drinking fountain outside building, ample parking. Overall a lovely hike but mosquitoes a huge problem.

Thu Jul 12 2018

Hate to ever give a bad rating, but this place is a mosquito pit. Wanted to run 4-5 miles but cut it short due to the bugs.

Sun Oct 22 2017

I went on a hike here with my boyfriend. Very romantic. Gorgeous view by the cabin over looking the lake.

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