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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
117 Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Nature Preserve: Bike, Birding, Fish, Hike, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
Rolling terrain, bluffs, ravines and mature trees set on the Lake Michigan shoreline make Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve a scenic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Trails wind through the preserve to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, providing the first official public access to this section of shoreline since the Fort’s military operations began in 1887. The 1.3-mile asphalt Lake Michigan Trail is designed for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing and runs from Sheridan Road through the preserve to the lake, where visitors can enjoy 3/4 mile of sandy shoreline for hiking, fishing, bird watching, picnicking or relaxing. Swimming, wading and boating are not allowed. The trail connects visitors to educational exhibits along the Fort’s historic parade ground and to other walk-through exhibits and viewing stations along the route. An additional 2.1 miles of mowed trail are also available and wind through the preserve. A shorter 0.3-mile woodchip trail is open to hiking and cross-country skiing and offers scenic views of the preserve’s ravines from the trail bridge. Biking is not allowed on this trail section.