Half Day Forest Preserve

24255 N. Illinois Highway 21 Vernon Hills, IL 60060


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This quiet and clean preserve features a 1-mile trail for hikers, bicyclists and cross-country skiers, Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).

Half Day also offers three beautiful picnic shelters, a 3-acre pond for fishing, open playfields and a playground.

A footbridge spanning the Des Plaines River links Half Day to Wright Woods Forest Preserve. Together they offer some of southern Lake County's most scenic outdoor recreation opportunities.

Picnic facilities at Half Day are designed for gatherings both large and small, while those at the more fragile Wright Woods are best-suited for small groups.

The Des Plaines River Trail passes through both preserves. Its gravel base is perfect for hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and cross-country skiers.

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