Ray Lake Loop Trail

EASY 5 reviews

Ray Lake Loop Trail is a 2.5 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.

2.5 miles 72 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running


cross country skiing





wild flowers



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 we bought the property. 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.

8 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

1 year ago

trail running
2 years ago

2 years ago