Ray Lake Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grayslake, 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: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 49 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Ray Lake boasts three wetlands totaling 120 acres, 80 acres of woodlands with predominantly bur oak, hickory and cherry trees, and sprawling farm fields ready to be restored to prairie. Two peninsulas separate two large wetlands. Once known as Ray Lake Farm, the land here was originally acquired by the Ray family in 1958 for breeding and raising pure bred Angus beef cattle. In the late 1960s, the family acquired the Dwight Eisenhower Black Angus herd from Missouri and raised their own herd to 400. By 1976, the last of the herd was sold. After the passing of Edward Ray, the farm was leased for soybean farming until 1999 when the property was bought. As a symbol of the lands former use, the original Ray Lake Farm cattle statue remains atop a stone tower to greet visitors as they enter the preserve.

hiking
12 days ago

Wide paths and pleasant views. Mostly good for biking but I had a nice lonely walk in the rain.

running
no shade
off trail
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike - very peaceful - beautiful vistas.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a nice little loop trail but very buggy. Bring spray and water. The fountain is broken.

hiking
11 months ago

No shade and no elevation changes, but nice walk.

hiking
Tue May 14 2019

Nice, well maintained trail

Sun Jun 03 2018

This is beautiful at sunset

Thu Sep 21 2017

The park itself is typical of what you will see in lake county... very well kept. Bathroom is clean. Rated it lower because there's not much shade, not as much to look at and a huge amount of people that don't pick up their dog poop.

Sat Jul 29 2017

I like this trail for bird watching. In addition the condition of the loop is consistently manicured and smooth.

Mon Jul 17 2017

Nice gentile trail with frequent places to stop and enjoy the views.

Mon Jul 04 2016

Out of the way. Quiet. Pretty with birds. Nice looped trail. Exposed. No real shading. Worth doing.

Wed May 11 2016

Went for a run on the trail with my dog. Nice little out-of-the-way track. Trail pretty flat but lots of birds

road biking
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10 days ago

recorded Recording - May 23, 06:26 PM

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