Ray Lake Loop Trail

EASY 10 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

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.

25 days ago

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.

road biking
2 months ago

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Monday, July 04, 2016

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

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, March 12, 2016

trail running
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

birding
Saturday, January 31, 2015