Ryerson Conservation Area

This 565 acre conservation area offers unpaved trails through marsh and woodlands in Riverwoods, Illinois. Some of the trails skirt the scenic Des Plaines River. There are also a small farm area with farm animals and a Welcome Center with a nature library.



Off Riverwoods Road in Riverwoods, Illinois north of the intersection with Deerfield Road. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

31 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are several accessible parking spaces and restrooms near the Welcome Center are accessible. The trails are not accessible.

Things To Do

Birdwatching (cuckoos, sparrows, woodpeckers, wrens), Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Visitor Center (Welcome Center), Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

The conservation area is named after Edward L. Ryerson whose weekend home and farm are on the site of the conservation area. Ryerson was the chairman of the Inland Steel Corporation.

Other Information

Restrooms are located near the main parking lot and are open when the Welcome Center is open.


Grab a breakfast sandwich or a scone from Café de Oro, 2175 Deerfield Road, Riverwoods, Illinois.

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Best Time To Visit

Spring, Summer and Fall for Hiking; Winter for Cross-Country Skiing

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