Volo Bog State Natural Area Trail

Volo Bog Nature Preserve, Illinois

Elevation Gain7ft
Trailhead Elevation765ft
Elevation Min/Max763/766ft
Elevation Start/End765/765ft

Volo Bog State Natural Area Trail

Volo Bog State Natural Area Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lake County, Illinois. It is within Volo Bog Nature Preserve. It is two miles long and begins at 765 feet altitude. The Volo Bog State Nature Preserve parking and the Volo Bog Visitor's Center ranger station are near the trailhead. There is also bicycle parking, a waste basket, a picnic site, restrooms, and water. The Eye of the bog viewpoint can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Tamarack View Trail (2.8 Mi).

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Chicago-4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Ted Villaire
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"As one of the most unique wetlands in all of Illinois, Volo Bog hosts an unusual assortment of plants and animals. The outlying areas feature rolling hills, thick woods, and open prairies. Owned by a dairy farmer until 1958, when it was purchased by the Illinois Nature Conservancy, Volo Bog was transferred to the state in 1970, and in 1973 it was registered as a National Natural Landmark. Dogs are prohibited on Interpretive Trail boardwalk; they must be leashed on other trails. Volunteer naturalists lead 1-hour public bog tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m."
"A short boardwalk loop offers an up-close look at the unusual quaking bog. Then the hike takes a turn around the largest of three trail loops in this state natural area. The terrain isn’t very hilly and offers some stretches of forest, prairie, and wetlands as well as three designated observation points, including a marsh blind. Near the end of the loop is a trail across Brandenberg Road to 2 more miles of trail: a woodlands loop and a prairie loop."

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very nice place, been so close to Chicago only one hour away... I recommend this place to anyone, family , the only thing is please take care of it, pick up you garbage, clothes, plastic bags, keep the park clean

Trail Information

Volo Bog Nature Preserve
Nearby City
Volo Bog Nature Preserve
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
USGS Topo: Wauconda, IL
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