Lake County is a beautiful place to be during autumn. The oaks, maples, birch, and countless other trees, shrubs, and grasses paint a rainbow of colors. The ground cover is crunchy, but not wet. And the air is crisp, but not too cold. It is the perfect time to play in the leaves. When the time is right, you need the ideal place to play, also. LLC writers have put our heads together to come up with the best places to take in the autumn splendor and play in the leaves.
Places to Play in Fall Foliage
Chain O’ Lakes State Park
8916 Wilmot Road, Spring Grove
Located in northwest Lake County, Chain O’ Lakes State Park is a beautiful example of the rolling fields and oak stands that once comprised our area. The park offers camping, trails, horseback riding, picnic areas, Chain O’ Lakes and Fox River access, a boat launch, and boat rentals. (And fall boating is spectacular! The lakes are empty, and the fall colors viewed from the water are breathtaking).
We love the far back area of Warren Township Park. There are fallen trees, tons of leaves and sticks for fall exploring.— Alli
Warren Township Park
17801 W. Washington St. in Gurnee
(Located at the corner of Washington Street and Almond Road.)
Warren Township Park in Gurnee is a fantastic place to visit anytime. In the fall, though, you’ll find an autumn wonderland at the back of the park by the frisbee golf area.
1500 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
(Located behind Adler Pool, enter from Milwaukee Ave., turn right and follow the road behind the pool. The park is at the far end of the parking lot.)
Adler Park in Libertyville is over 100 acres and features many mature trees. On the grounds, there is also a playground that’s great for toddlers. Visit the park to wander the trails, too.
Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway
15601 West Russell Rd, Wadsworth
Hop on your bikes and head out for a family ride on a the 31.4-mile long Des Plaines River Trail, which traverses almost the entire length of Lake County. Stop along the way at one of the many rest points in one of the 12 different forest preserves with restrooms and other amenities You’ll find lots of spots to play in the leaves along the way, too.
Most kids are happy to play and wander in the woods. The fresh air is energizing and their senses are piqued. Consider going on a scavenger hunt when you’re out exploring. Make your own, or check out this list from Chit Chat and Small Talk.
For more places to explore, check out Jenna’s Best Hikes For Little Hikers, and Maureen’s post on family bike trails. If you’re going to be logging some miles in our forest preserves, consider taking the Hike Lake County Challenge. Fall is the perfect time for taking outdoor photos, too. Check out Melissa’s favorite spots.
Where’s your favorite place to play in the fall foliage in Lake County? Tell us in the comments section.
By: Holly G.
Holly keeps busy with freelance writing, as well as many volunteer ventures including PTO, dog rescue, and Lakes Region Historical Society. She is quick to pitch in for a good cause. She is an aspiring vegan, Jazzercise addict, runner, coffee junkie, and enjoys cooking.