Lyons Woods Loop Trail

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Lyons Woods Loop Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waukegan, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

2.0 miles 68 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


cross country skiing



wild flowers



old growth


Lyons Woods has 2.5 miles of gravel trails that tie into the McClory Trail, a local trail system that is managed by the Lake County Department of Transportation and connects with other community trails. This preserve includes a contrasting mix of terrain. Move from pine grove to prairie to oak woodlands as you relax at this gem of a spot. An observation deck makes it easy to view a variety of bird species and other wildlife. Lyons Woods is diverse, supporting prairie, savanna, woodland and fen. In the prairie, youll find such plants as dropseed, big bluestem and goldenrod. The woods support large stands of white, bur and black oaks. Lyons Woods is named for the Lyons family of Waukegan. Isaac Reed Lyons came here from Massachusetts in 1843. He owned a grocery and dry goods store in Waukegan and served as an alderman and township supervisor.