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Grassy Lake Trails


Grassy Lake's 5.8 miles of gravel and mowed grass trails offer some of the best access to the banks of the Fox River. Trails here wind through colorful sedge meadows, mature oak woodlands, and a variety of other natural habitats. Six scenic overlooks offer magnificent views of the Fox River Valley and of Grassy Lake.  

Kelsey Road divides the preserve's two separate northern sections, but a trail tunnel and an at-grade road crossing with a flashing beacon provide safe passage at both locations. Trail connections are also provided to adjacent neighborhoods.

Trails are open year-round for hiking and cross-country skiing. Biking is now allowed allowed on designated trails, see bike map for details. Print the Grassy Lake Trail map for your hike or use Lake County Forest Preserve's interactive trail map with your smart phone.  Please keep dogs leashed and on the trails at all times, and pick up after them.

The main entrance is on Kelsey Road west of Old Barrington Road.

Parking is also available at the Lake Barrington Village Hall on Old Barrington Road south of Kelsey Road and southwest of Miller Road.