E.L. Ryerson Conservation Area Loop Trail

EASY 53 reviews

E.L. Ryerson Conservation Area Loop Trail is a 3 mile lightly 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
65 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
19 days ago

25 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Very nice for an easy hike, lots of bridges and great views of the river. So far I've only done the outer 3.5 miles. Definitely need bug spray for the more grassy areas.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Not a great place to walk dogs on trail or off trail. Heavily trafficked with road bikes on trial and off trail paths are unclear with really tall grass.

If you want a peaceful walk this isn't the place. Fairly busy in general.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Amazing place to clear your mind! Cool learning the history of the land and seeing the original cabins along the river. Not crowded, peaceful. A+

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

8 months ago

9 months ago

trail running
Monday, November 07, 2016

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

Sunday, November 06, 2016

So peaceful and beautiful.

walking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

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
Saturday, October 15, 2016

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
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016