Grant Woods Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Grant Woods Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Villa, 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.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
249 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

washed out

3 separate units. Six miles of gravel trails are open for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. In winter, snowmobilers have access to 4.5 miles of trails that tie into adjacent snowmobile trails on private land. Six miles of gravel trails are open for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. In winter, snowmobilers have access to 4.5 miles of trails that tie into adjacent snowmobile trails on private land. A 1-mile grass trail in the far northeastern section of the preserve can be accessed from Cedar Lake Road. The trail extends to Fairfield Road, across from Lake Villa Township's Caboose Park. There is a lot of variety in this gently rolling landscape of woodlands, prairie and marsh. One area, designated as a protected Illinois Nature Preserve, was never farmed and thus is rich in rare native plants. It even supports a tamarack bog, a rarity in this region. Bluebirds fill the nest boxes dotting the property, springtime ponds fill to the brim with noisy frogs, summer prairie grasses tower over visitors, and year-round glimpses of deer, hawks and other wildlife abound. Lake Countys only known stand of wild Kentucky coffee trees grows here. Since their large shiny seeds were used in Native American games and trade, the trees presence indicates the possibility that indigenous people frequented this site and perhaps even had a village here.

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Well groomed trail with a few options for the length of hike you are up for. Good for walking dogs or a bike ride but not much of interest to make it a great hike.

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5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Wooded

6 months ago

7 months ago

Overcrowded and not overwhelmingly natural. Okay, I suppose, to walk your dog for a few minutes, but any serious hiker should not waste their time.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Sunday, September 20, 2015