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, Illinois 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.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

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.

hiking
3 months ago

First, this is a horse trail. Watch where you step! Also be aware and give them a wide berth. If you’re good with that, this is a fun short hike.

Several larger ponds and lots of woods make this a scenic hike. Tons of wildlife here and if you walk back into the woods a little, sit down on a log, and be still, you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of animal activity.

I wouldn’t come here after rain as it would quite muddy. It opens early, so if you like a sunrise hike, this is a great place. Don’t leave anything of value in your car. Parking is secluded and not great and signs warn of keeping your valuables with you. That said, I wouldn’t avoid this place due to safety. It’s really nice!

fishing
3 months ago

Great place to fish. Clean lakes and a great museum

Monday, July 17, 2017

Take an off trail hike around the lake.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

did the one mile loop and it was enjoyable with food, clean view and a small bridge. Lots of other trails that I will check or in the future

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, July 10, 2015

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.

walking
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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!

walking
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recorded Museum

nature trips
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birding
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