Directions and Trail Map

Hours: 6:30AM to Sunset

Wheelchairs, strollers, and bikes: Use the Main Entrance for the paved bluff trail, and the West Entrance for the paved ravine-lakefront trail. Long staircases separate the two trails. Control your speed.

MAIN ENTRANCE: This entrance provides access to a paved 1/2 mile bluff trail, a staircase down to the lakefront,  and another paved 3/4 mile trail through a deep ravine. Halfway through the ravine, you’ll find a second staircase that brings you back up to Patten Rd, where you can return to the parking lot by walking south along the sidewalk for 200 feet. Trail and artwork map

BY CAR:

  • Take Hwy 41 to Old Elm Rd in Lake Forest
  • Turn east onto Old Elm Rd and go 1.2 miles
  • Continue straight onto Simonds Way for .2 mile
  • Turn left onto Leonard Wood Ave for .7 mile
  • Continue onto Patten Rd for 500 feet
  • Parking lot is on the right
  • Cross the street to the trailhead

WEST ENTRANCE: This entrance provides access to a paved 3/4 mile trail that goes through a deep ravine to the lakefront. You’ll encounter one staircase midway and another at the lakefront. The first staircase leads up to Patten Road, where you can walk south along the sidewalk for 200 feet and cross the road to a paved 1/2 mile bluff trail. The lakefront staircase also leads up to the bluff trail. The handful of parking spaces here can fill up fast. Trail map and artwork map

DIRECTIONS BY TRAIN & FOOT

A 1-mile journey from the train station to the preserve

  • Take Metra’s Union Pacific North line to the Fort Sheridan station
  • Go northwest to Old Elm Rd
  • Turn right onto Old Elm Rd and walk to Sheridan Rd
  • Cross Sheridan Rd and continue straight on Simonds Way for .2 mile
  • Turn right onto Leonard Wood Ave for 750 feet
  • Continue onto Lyster Rd for .3 mile
  • Turn left onto Westover Rd for 250 feet to pedestrian opening in entrance gate

DIRECTIONS BY CAR

  • Take Hwy 41 to Old Elm Rd in Lake Forest
  • Turn east onto Old Elm Rd and go 1.2 miles
  • Continue straight onto Simonds Way for .2 mile
  • Turn right onto Leonard Wood Ave for 750 feet
  • Continue onto Lyster Rd for .3 mile
  • Turn left onto Westover Rd for 250 feet

SOUTH ENTRANCE: This entrance provides access to a paved 1/2 mile trail. (Use the Main Entrance to access the lakefront, ravine, and artworks.)   Trail map and artwork map.

DIRECTIONS BY CAR

  • Take Hwy 41 to Old Elm Rd in Lake Forest
  • Turn east onto Old Elm Rd and go 1.2 miles
  • Turn right onto Sheridan Rd and go 1.2 miles
  • Turn left onto Walker Ave and go .6 mile and then the parking lot is in front of you.

Resources:

Things to know:

  • Leash dogs at all times
  • Dogs are not allowed on the lakefront
  • Swimming and wading are not allowed
  • High water or waves may prevent use of the lakefront
  • Trails are closed when snow or ice are present
  • Campfires, boating, camping, firearms, and hunting are not allowed
  • Coyotes live in the Preserve and throughout the region. Leash dogs at all times to reduce conflicts. Stay near your picnics and snacks, and properly dispose of garbage. If a coyote approaches, help it retain its natural inclination to avoid people. Yell, wave your arms, and slowly back away. You can throw something in its direction, but please don’t hit it. Learn more at www.UrbanCoyoteResearch.com.
  • Do not remove any plants, seeds, or rocks, or climb trees or slopes, or leave trash, or trample plants
  • Weddings and other events are not permitted
  • State fishing regulations apply.

The Fine Print:


For more information, please contact lakeshorepreserve@openlands.org.