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Skokie Lagoon Trail

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Winnetka, Illinois

Skokie Lagoon Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Winnetka, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.4 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

mountain biking
great!
off trail
5 days ago

This trail is never ending! So many options varying from wide & paved to narrow and completely off road. Definitely bring your bike. You can see and do a lot more. Really appreciated all the shade too. Game changer. My husband and i loved it and will definitely be back again.

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hiking
19 days ago

nice flat walk with many side trails an interconnections. good shade.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Ideal for bikers. The highway noise is loud for hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Heavy biking trail

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail if you’re on a bike or electric skateboard, but only so-so for walkers. The best part of the trail is the mile long portion between Dundee Rd and the Forest Way Grove Picnic Shelter as it’s shaded and quiet. We ended up doing the ~7 mile loop around the upper lagoon, but it’s either hot and unshaded (on the east side) or very noisy with the Highway (on the west side). Beware there are lots of ticks even in the grass by the paths; my dog got 6 or 7 ticks during our walk.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great natural area. The paved trail is great, but there is also an unpaved trail that goes about 2-3 miles through the wooded area inside of the lagoon. It’s hard to follow at times, but well worth it! The entrance to the wooded trail is at 42°07'48.6"N 87°46'31.5"W and there is limited parking there.

road biking
9 months ago

nice ride with easy hills. beautiful scenery.

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoyable loop. Lots of bikers.

hiking
11 months ago

a good paved flat LONG circuitous route best for people powered sports (kayaking, rollerblading, biking) but good wildlife and close to water. great fishing & birdwatching

walking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Nice walking path with easy access to Chicago Botanical Gardens. Only let down is that half of the walking loop has zero view of the lagoons due to vegetation!

hiking
Sun Mar 24 2019

a great loop but for hiking not great. Paved trail with a lot of cyclists.

hiking
Sat Sep 22 2018

Walking with the Lagoons in sight feels nice to be alive and then of course Botanic Gardens in bloom is even better. Do not do a loop coming back to Tower Road. The traffic off the expressway cuts into the serene experience. .

Tue Jul 31 2018

Very nice patch with some noise part.

hiking
Mon Aug 22 2016

Walked around the south lagoons. The area is great for biking and kayaking, not so much for hiking. The main walking path that runs alongside the paved bike trail is wide and well maintained. However, the paths leading to the fishing spots surrounding the lagoons are littered with trash and broken glass. Also, the highway noise on the west side of the lagoons is a bit distracting and takes away from the experience.

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mountain biking
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