Explore the Outdoors: Kelmscott Park and Beyond
Spending time outside is good for the mind and body, which is why we tapped Mariani to design the grounds here at Kelmscott Park. With carefully planned natural spaces, our community offers a quaint and lush private oasis for residents to enjoy.
Outside of Kelmscott Park, Lake Forest boasts a wonderful selection of public outdoor spaces, which have never been more prevalent than amid the COVID-19 crisis. The following are our favorite places to explore in Lake Forest:
Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve
Located between Wester Laurel Avenue and Deerpath Road, Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve features 26 acres and travels along the Skokie River. The preserve’s trail winds through wetlands, meadows, and woods filled with wildlife. Visitors can park at Deerpath Middle School and cross Deerpath to find the trailhead.
Everett Farm Nature Preserve
Once a tree nursery, the Everett Farm Nature Preserve now has two circular trails that journey through diverse natural landscapes among the preserve’s 35 acres. Home to several mini-habitats and 20 species of birds, there’s a good chance you’ll make a feathered friend on your hike. Parking is located on James Court.
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve is considered one of Chicagoland’s most beautiful forest preserves. The preserve sits on 250 acres with incredible views of Lake Michigan and rolling terrain, bluffs, and ravines. Visitors have access to approximately 4.5 miles of hiking trails and 1.3 miles designated for bicyclists. You can enter the preserve on Sheridan Road at Old Elm Road and Simonds Way.
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
Hike or bike on the four-mile trail at Middlefork Savanna. Considered one of the hidden gems of the North Shore, the preserve spans 600 acres and is home to rare tallgrass, a range of natural landscapes, and various species of flora and fauna. If you drive, park at Elawa Farm off Waukegan Road.
Skokie River Nature Preserve
As Lake Forest’s oldest and largest nature preserve, Skokie River Nature Preserve features 12 miles of trails, gorgeous flowers and trees, and a swinging bridge over the Skokie River. You can even spot native birds and plants of the Lake Chicago prairie lands. Drivers should park at the end of West Laurel Avenue to access the preserve.