Lake County, Illinois, CVB - Official Travel Site - Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve

Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve

1401 Middlefork Drive Lake Forest, IL 60045


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Home to a rare tallgrass savanna, Middlefork Savanna features a mix of oak savanna and woodlands, wet and mesic prairies, sedge meadows and marshes.

Middlefork provides valuable protection for many state and federally listed species. A 25-acre parcel here is considered the highest quality tallgrass savanna of its kind in the nation and recognized as a globally threatened ecosystem.

There are 5.5 miles of gravel trails here for hiking and cross-country skiing, and 4.2 miles for biking.

Two boardwalks on the trail help protect sensitive wetland areas. Please keep dogs leashed and on the gravel trails at all times, and pick up after them.

The short 0.5-mile mowed grass path is open for hiking and cross-country skiing only.

Dogs are not allowed on the grass trail here.

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