Glacial Park Trails

Ringwood, Illinois 60072

Glacial Park Trails

Glacial Park Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This 3,410-acre preserve and its visitor center are a true treasure for nature lovers: Within the park are glacial formations, varied habitats, a canoe trail, and over 8 miles of trails. In a short distance this hike passes through bog, marsh, prairie, sedge meadow, and oak savanna and across the backs of a couple of glacial kames, offering nice views and great wildlife spotting along an interpretive trail.

The trail starts off crossing a prairie full of wildfl owers, but in only 0.1 mile arrives at the first trail juncture. The trail to the left is a 0.2 mile trek out to Wiedrich Barn and an alternate trailhead, but you go right on Deerpath Trail, entering oak savanna. The trail shows some cedar chips but is mostly packed dirt and grass."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Chicago-4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Ted Villaire
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"While hiking the trails of Glacial Park Conservation Area, you’ll glide through open prairies, meander beside a lovely creek, and bound over hills that undulate like ocean waves. The star attraction, though, is a collection of curious mounds left by a receding glacier. Dogs must be on leash no longer than 10 feet. Park opens to cross-country skiing in winter. Enjoy picnic areas, restrooms, water, a sledding hill, canoe launch, and exhibits showcasing the natural environment at Lost Valley Visitor Center."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
Lost Valley Visitor Center, 6316 Harts Rd, Ringwood, IL 60072; (815) 678-4532;
Local Contacts
USGS Richmond; at trailheads and visitor center
Local Maps

Trail Log