Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

This 250 acre forest preserve in Lake Forest, Illinois offers stunning bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan and paved and unpaved trails, including one designed for bird watchers.



Located east of the intersection of Sheridan Road and Old Elm Road in Lake Forest, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

30 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive, Metra Rail


There are several accessible parking spaces and 2 accessible restrooms; there is one accessible trail; the bird watching trail is not accessible.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (crows, mallard ducks, red-winged blackbirds, robins, swallows, sparrows), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Jogging, Picnicking and Running

Fun Facts

The forest preserve was previously an army post from 1887-1993. You can walk the nearby residential streets and see military housing that has been converted to private use.

Other Information

Restrooms are located near the parking lot. Access to the shore is temporarily blocked due to shore restoration work.


For an excellent breakfast at a reasonable price try Sandy’s located at 415 Sheridan Road in Highwood.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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