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Need to Know
The closest entrance to this trail is on Monaville Road between Route 59 and Fairfield Road, in Ingleside. Here you'll find a picnic shelter, pond for fishing, trails and toilets.
This one-mile trail segment connects short trails to local neighborhoods and to the Chain O' Lakes Path
, which runs through Grant Woods Forest Preserve. Gravel surface is used for hiking, biking, running, and cross-country skiing.
Flora & Fauna
There is a lot of variety in this gently rolling landscape of woodlands, prairie and marsh. One area, designated as a protected Illinois Nature Preserve, was never farmed and thus is rich in rare native plants. It even supports a tamarack bog, a rarity in this region.
Bluebirds fill the nest boxes dotting the property, springtime ponds fill to the brim with noisy frogs, summer prairie grasses tower over visitors, and year-round glimpses of deer, hawks and other wildlife abound.
Lake County's only known stand of wild Kentucky coffee trees grows here. Since their large shiny seeds were used in Native American games and trade, the trees' presence indicates the possibility that indigenous people frequented this site and perhaps even had a village here.
Shared By: Lake County Forest Preserves