Mellody Farm Nature Preserve is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake Forest, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length1.6 miElevation gain32 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddySnowNo dogs
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In 1997 Lake Forest Open Lands partnered with the Friends of the Chicago River and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore over 2000 feet of riverbank frontage along the Middlefork River. Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks and many other colorful bird species frequent the wetlands, savanna and priaires within the preserve. In 2005 this wetland underwent a major restoration: it has been expanded and made deeper, and several limestone perching rocks have been installed. Native species have been planted, including swamp white oaks, sedges and over fifteen different kinds of flowering plants.

The entrance to Mellody Farm Nature Preserve is located at the south west corner of Deerpath and Waukegan. Entrance is a dirt road 200 yards south of the intersection.

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Joshua Boman
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Slippery but beautiful

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Jeff Paronto
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Lovely, enjoyed the new trails and the connector trail to the big pond on opposite side

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Rob Watkins
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A lovely little country garden getaway. The grassy paths are well maintained and the links to Middlefork forest preserve are nice.

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Christina Lounsbury
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Felt like a secret garden.

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Joshua Boman
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Very muddy after rain

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Winifred Nimrod
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This is is not the Lake County forest preserve which is right next door. There are two entry points to get to that trail. This is a beautiful place to see but if you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but I would definitely do a tick check when you are done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie wildflowers sounds of bullfrogs birds and we spotted a deer. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: not well marked not much to see but worth a stop. Overall: the Gatehouse, history and renovation of this place is very interesting. The restoration is a job very well done.

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Winifred Nimrod
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This is not the Lake County Forest Preserve which is right next door, and has two connecting entry points. This is a beautiful place to walk and beautiful to see the Prairie and restoration. If you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained and marked grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but would definitely do a tick check when you're done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie, wildflowers, butterflies, deer and sounds of frogs. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: path to not very well-marked, worth a stop to see. Overall: Gatehouse and history of this place is very interesting and job restoring very well done.

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Gunjan Jain
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Dan Mauller
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Lindsay Stein
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Anne Goodenow
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John Sprunger
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Sue Townsend
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Brittany Martens
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Sarah Carey
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