Open prairies, quiet woodlands and marshes teeming with wildlife await you at this scenic preserve.
Six miles of gravel trails are open for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. In winter, snowmobilers have access to 4.5 miles of trails that tie into adjacent snowmobile trails on private land. A 1-mile grass trail in the far northeastern section of the preserve can be accessed from Cedar Lake Road. The trail extends to Fairfield Road, across from Lake Villa Township's Caboose Park. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).
A separate parking lot located between Rollins Road and Lakeshore Drive just west of Fairfield Road provides trail access to the southern section of Grant Woods, and a connection to the Chain O'Lakes Bike Path.
The boat launch parking lot is located in the south section of the preserve, south of Rollins Road. Across from the parking lot is a public boat launch on Long Lake for cartop boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and other small non-motorized watercraft. Electric trolling motors are allowed. Trailers are not permitted. Launching is free and at your own risk. You'll need approved flotation gear.