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Need to Know
The main entrance to the preserve and to the Green Youth Farm is on the west side of Green Bay Road, south of Route 120 (Belvidere Road), directly across from the entrance to the Greenbelt Cultural Center.
A second parking lot is located on Dugdale Road, just south of 10th Street in Waukegan. Use this lot to access trails and fishing on the east side of the preserve.
Trail surface type is gravel and the following activities are allowed: Hiking, Biking, Cross-Country Skiing.
Tucked into Lake County's most urban area is this island of green. A surprising array of birds, wildflowers and landscapes are found here, and the amenities are clean, safe and well-designed.
The site also is home to the Greenbelt Cultural Center, a versatile facility designed with help from the public. The Center hosts community events and educational programs.
The preserve offers five miles of trails for hiking, four miles of trails for bicycling and cross-country skiing, and a one-mile self-guided nature trail. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them.
Flora & Fauna
Greenbelt sits atop the sub-continental divide, marked by Green Bay Road. Rain falling on the east side of Green Bay Road heads for the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but rain falling on the west side heads for the Gulf of Mexico.
This is a fairly open landscape of oak groves, wetlands and prairie. Like most natural areas in this region, Greenbelt has felt the effect of 150 years of settlement. We're nursing it back to health with success. Once again you can find wildflowers such as shooting stars, blue-eyed grass and mayapples here.
Shared By: Lake County Forest Preserves