Half Day Forest Preserve

The serene beauty of Half Day Pond makes this 241 acre site located in Vernon Hills, Illinois a gem in the Lake County Forest Preserve system.



Off North Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills, north of the intersection of North Milwaukee Avenue and Old Half Day Road. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

34 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive, Bus


There are accessible parking spaces and restrooms.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (sparrows, vireos, warblers), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Jogging, Picnicking, Running and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

The preserve is named for Potowatomi chief Aptakisic. His name means “the sun at its meridian” or “half day”.

Other Information

The preserve contains restrooms and water fountains.


A tasty takeout breakfast may be obtained from Fried Egg (www.friedeggcafe.net/) located in Vernon Hills Town Center, 1260 South Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills.

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Nearby Public Lands Worth Visiting

Des Plaines River Trail which is described on this website and Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve featuring Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Jogging, Picnicking, Playground and Running

Best Time To Visit

Spring, Summer, Fall

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