Explore the most popular trails near Libertyville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Libertyville, Illinois Map

It's a nice park for the dogs. The entrance fee is a little much.

A good portion of this trail is currently closed to dogs due to overly aggressive coyotes so we have to turn around.

2 months ago

I only ran down about 1.5 miles before turning back for the distance I was going for, but this trail is a wonderful surprise right down the way from where I live! it's a crushed gravel path for the most part that sidelined marshy areas, the river, and patches of wildflowers. also came across a few sports fields near the trail as well. I imagine that it might be a different story during a moderate rain, it even with some showers that morning the path was perfectly fine for running on.

I got ticks while hiking near the sled hill.

Nice flat loop around a good looking lake. Exposed to sun throughout trail. Has Access to des planes river trail.

The trail shown goes from gravel to grass so keep an eye out for when to take the left into the grass trail. If you follow the gravel trail it leads across Casey road and there are limited signs of where to go.

washed out
5 months ago

very pretty walk. great for kids.

great park for running and family activities

Trails were nice but the mosquitoes were really bad. Use lots of repellent and enjoy the trails.

I love this trail but would rate easy, not moderate.

Great trail but large portions are submerged right now due to flooded river.

road biking
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Accessible from the Des Plaines River Trail, Independence Grove is a marvelous year round destination. It has all you could ask for. Great paved and unpaved trails, fishing, boating, beach and food stand. I’ve even been to weddings here. Bike here from the trail, relax while you’re here, and continue on your way. A treasure not to be missed.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Beautiful all year round!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Amazing scenery and good Place for fishing and running too! Love the geese!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

nice trails that are pretty heavily used on the weekends. great for fall colors. i mainly use this for running hills "sled hill". killer workout

Friday, July 28, 2017

Easy running. Great scenery.

smaller dog excerise park but offers water, path, and open area.

Took the high trail and it was well maintained, paved and my little one could be pushed in his car all the way around! Great spot!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dogs seem to love it and owners are all very respectful of the trail.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Good trail for young kids to get used to hiking. I've seen deer there with my sone a couple times around dusk.

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's a really nice trail with kids and dogs. Some of the trail tend to get flooded and even washed out in the spring if it's real wet or there was a lot of snow. The mosquitoes can be pretty bad if it does flood. Otherwise, it's a good hike. I've done it many times and only really had an issue with the mosquitoes one year.

Quiet walk on Saturday afternoon. The only bummer was having to walk to light to cross over and then retrace back to trail

One of my favorite Lake County Forest Preserves! Lots of trails and love hiking along the river, where I frequently see deer and beavers. So cool to see the deer swim in the river. Love the different nature smells along the river with the wildflowers and trees. After heavy rains, the river trail can get quite muddy and even close at times due to flooding much of the entire river bank, but there are plenty of other trails to hike here. Bring and use bug spray, if hiking in the more wooded trails, as they are frequently buggy.

Nice easy walk in the woods!

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