Nippersink Forest Preserve Trail
ElevationAscent: 21' 7 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 783' 239 m
Low: 771' 235 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“0.75-mile walk-in connection from local neighborhood to the larger trail system at Nippersink Forest Preserve.”— Lake County Forest Preserves
Hike, bike or cross-country ski along three miles of trails circling the lakes and adjoining woodlands. You'll cross a bridge and a boardwalk and pass by scenic overlooks along the way. A short woodchip trail winds through open oak groves. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).
The preserve trail joins the public sidewalk to the north across Nippersink Road offering access to surrounding communities.
Extensive shoreline restoration efforts and improved fish habitats make Nippersink a great place to fish. Anglers can fish from shore or from two wheelchair accessible fishing piers. Catch-and-release fishing is mandatory at this site. This program makes it recreation for anglers and beneficial for nature. Anglers are encouraged to use barbless, non-stainless steel hooks. Live bait is permitted.
You'll also find five picnic shelters here, four of which can be reserved for special outings. Gatherings of more than 25 people require a permit.
The site contains extensive Advanced Identification (ADID) wetlands that create emergent marsh areas. The wetlands, marsh vegetation and open water ponds, combined with the uplands and oak-hickory woodlands, offer an excellent blend of landscapes ideal for increasing and protecting the site's bird population. A portion of Squaw Creek flows through the property.
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Land Manager: Lake County Forest Preserve