Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
ElevationAscent: 37' 11 m
Descent: -25' -8 m
High: 786' 240 m
Low: 764' 233 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
Popular runs nearby
Lake Defiance Trail
3.9 mi 6.3 km • Loop • 93 ft Ascent 28.33 m Ascent
Cuba Marsh Tour
5.5 mi 8.9 km • Loop • 81 ft Ascent 24.66 m Ascent
Deer Grove Forest Loop
9.6 mi 15.5 km • Loop • 274 ft Ascent 83.53 m Ascent
Hollows Conservation Area
3.6 mi 5.8 km • Loop • 133 ft Ascent 40.43 m Ascent
Galloping Hill Wildlife Loop
0.5 mi 0.7 km • Out and Back • 21 ft Ascent 6.49 m Ascent
The Chicago Outerbelt Route
208.3 mi 335.3 km • Loop • 1,652 ft Ascent 503.43 m Ascent
“Part of a 3.5-mile gravel trail loop encircling the restored wetlands of Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve.”— Lake County Forest Preserves
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
Located at the Washington Street entrance, the Native Seed Nursery is home where staff and volunteers grow rare and hard-to-collect seeds of different native species. The nursery gives our restoration ecologists access to these rare plants that were previously cost prohibitive or unavailable. We use the plants grown here to restore native habitat through the forest preserves.
The entire preserve features a 5.5-mile gravel trail with bridges and boardwalks that wind through wetlands, groves of large oaks and open prairies teeming with wildflowers and native grasses.
The trail is open for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing. Snowmobiles can parallel a small section of the trail as they pass through the preserve. A connection to our regional Millennium Trail is available from this preserve. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them.
Our natural resource crews and project partners have been working to restore this unique preserve to enhance its valuable ecosystems. More than 450 acres of former farmland have been restored as part of a massive habitat restoration and preservation project here, representing the largest restoration effort we've ever undertaken.
Unique to Rollins Savanna is its large size, uninterrupted by roads and development, and its existing diverse natural resource features. Rich black soils found at this preserve once dominated Midwestern landscape in the 1800s. The preserve protects the south fork of Mill Creek, frontage on Third Lake and large interior wetland complexes that provide needed food sources and rest stops for ruddy ducks, blue-winged teal, great blue herons, egrets and a variety of waterfowl species. Grassland birds, waterfowl and other wildlife are drawn to the site's oak savannas and expansive prairies and wetlands.
Extensive habitat restoration efforts were completed along the Mill Creek corridor and on over 200 acres of wetlands. One of the project goals is to establish Rollins Savanna as an ecological research site and outdoor classroom for local universities, schools and other organizations.
Flora & Fauna
A bird observation area near the Drury Lane parking area provides a safe, accessible way for all of our visitors to view and enjoy birds. This observation area consists of a stone path that provides access from the existing preserve trail system to a raised platform. This observation deck is a gathering space that offers a clear view of the adjacent grassland and wetland.
The deck features magnified viewing scopes. Interpretive signs inform visitors about habitat and species they might see from that vantage point. Oak trees around the seating area provide shade for visitors using the observation deck and also help them blend into the landscape to create less of a disturbance to wildlife using that habitat.
Land Manager: Lake County Forest Preserve