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Running, Hiking, Biking Lake County

Run, hike, bike, we have it all...

Very few things are as beautiful as a run, bike or hike through one of our forest preserves. No matter the time of year, Lake County enjoys a kaleidoscope of colors and natural beauty our trails have to offer. The Des Plaines River Trail is a popular trail for running, hiking or biking and one that I personally enjoy exploring. This trail offers absolutely stunning views and runs from the Wisconsin / Illinois Border, through 31 miles of Lake County, including 12 Lake County Forest Preserves. It also provides a link to other trails like the North Shore Bike Path, the McClory Trail and the Millennium Trail. Whether you’re cruising along the peaceful Des Plaines River, coasting under bridges, passing through forest preserves or traveling through scenic meadows, the Des Plaines River Trail always offers a picturesque view.

If you are looking to get away from it all, I highly recommend the Chain O'Lakes trails or the trails at Illinois Beach State Park. The trails at Illinois Beach wind along the shores of Lake Michigan, grassy sand dunes, wetlands, open prairies and diverse woodlands. The trail itself is as diverse as the environment and is paved with various sections of stone, grass, dirt and even sand. You will enjoy a nice brisk breeze off Lake Michigan or the Chain O'Lakes. You cannot go wrong with either path you choose to explore.

With all of these trails to run on and explore, your sneakers should be laced up and ready to hit the pavement in one of the counties numerous 5Ks.

Continue here to view the latest map of Lake County bike paths and trails. Bike path users can tap into this mapping technology on their mobile device while they are on the trails.

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Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
(Riverwoods)
Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Bru...

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Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve
(Long Grove)
Set amid bustling suburbs, Buffalo Creek is a quiet place to relax and recreate with ...

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Century Park
(Vernon Hills)
The Park's 113 acres, 54 of which are water, includes basketball and volleyball c...

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Chain O'Lakes State Park
(Spring Grove)
Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O...

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Chicago Botanic Garden
(Glencoe)
With its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's m...

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Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve
(Deer Park)
It would be hard to find a prettier blend of marsh, woodland and grassland in Lake Co...

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Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway
(Wadsworth)
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway protects land along more than 85 percent of ...

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Ethel's Woods Forest Preserve
(Antioch)
Experience the beauty of this picturesque landscape reminiscent of a north woods sett...

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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
(Ft. Sheridan)
A scenic destination, Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve offers a variety of opportunities...

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Grant Woods Forest Preserve
(Ingleside)
Open prairies, quiet woodlands and marshes teeming with wildlife await you at this sc...

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Greenbelt Cultural Center
(North Chicago)
This expansive 18,500-square-foot venue is the perfect setting for any occasion, offe...

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Half Day Forest Preserve
(Vernon Hills)
This quiet and clean preserve features a 1-mile trail for hikers, bicyclists and cros...

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Hastings Lake Forest Preserve
(Lake Villa)
Four miles of paved and gravel trails wind through open fields, woodlands of stately ...

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Heller Nature Center
(Highland Park)
Visitors can enjoy a 97-acre preserve with oak-hickory forests, tall grass prairie, o...

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Illinois Beach State Park
(Zion)
Illinois Beach State Park is now open daily 8 a.m - sundown.  Illinois ...

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Independence Grove Forest Preserve
(Libertyville)
This scenic 1,151-acre forest preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and ...

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Lake County Forest Preserves
(Libertyville)
As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958,...

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Lakewood Forest Preserve
(Wauconda)
Lakewood is Lake County’s largest forest preserve, offering trails for hiking, ...

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Marl Flat Forest Preserve
(Round Lake)
This scenic preserve is part of an Advance Identification (ADID) wetland complex beca...

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Old School Forest Preserve
(Mettawa)
One of our most popular spots, offering miles of trails, great bass fishing and seclu...

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Paulus Park
(Lake Zurich)
A popular visitors destination, as well as a favorite gathering spot for local reside...

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Raven Glen Forest Preserve
(Antioch)
You'll be taken in by this preserve's rolling hills and scenic vistas. Two fi...

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Spring Bluff Forest Preserve
(Winthrop Harbor)
An observation deck offers a 360 degree view of the preserve's dramatic landscape...

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Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve
(Wadsworth)
An oak forest, 86-acre Sterling Lake and the Des Plaines River provide a picturesque ...

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Volo Bog State Natural Area
(Ingleside)
TRAVEL & VISITOR ALERT: VOLO BOG IS OPEN. Please see their website for deta...

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North Point Marina
(Winthrop Harbor)
A world class marina at world class value. Quiet, serene and safe, North Point Marina...

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