This past Sunday with some time to ourselves and some warm weather my husband and I decided to take a walk along the newly opened section of the trails in Lake Barrington. Located off Kelsey Rd just north of Freier Farm, there is a small parking lot with bathroom. Gates close at dusk. And our walked commenced having no idea how surprised we were going to be. You can bring the dog, with doggy bag please. No bikes or motorized vehicles please.
In case you wondered, this used to be a street called Hurdale with a farmers field to the right and a residence. All that is now gone. In 2008, Lake County Forest Preserves expanded the Grassy Lake Preserve to 689 acres with the purchase of the 95- acre Hurd property located at Kelsey Road and Hurdale Lane.
We following the path and explored all the side paths too. There are seats provided for you to sit at the end of any of these little side paths and even right next to The Fox River. Being in winter there’s not much growing and only a few ducks. You can fish here with the required permit. I am sure more wildlife will come or come back.
This is a wider part of the river, almost looks like a lake but with a slower flow allows fish to stay and ducks and other birds to fish. There was a Blue Heron swooping looking for breakfast. Herons always seem to be the first birds to come back after winter. With our mild winter so far the river is flowing well and not frozen.
As we walk along the path we start to climb and find a sp0t for a good photo of the area. No doubt as summer comes much of this will fill in with green growth. They are still doing to some mulching in areas and we saw some grass matting that was going to be laid. Right now it’s hard to imagine how much of this will fill in. It’s quite the expanse of land.
We keep climbing the meandering trail, it was a good walk and a great walkout. We said hello to runners who were certainly working to run up to the top! I prefer walking. My guess is we climbed vertically over 100 feet.
By the time we reached the top it was nice to take a breather and sit on the provided seats. I also snapped off a photo of the homes in Cary IL on the other side of The Fox River. Far in the distance is the subdivision of Harvest Glen. Here’s a closer view.
We explored all but one trail, after an hour of walking and what amounted to about 2.2 miles, it was time to head for home. That last trail is on the next walk. I loved it. Most of Lake Barrington’s trails have some ups and down but this has to be the best. I look forward to visiting often and watching it grow with trees, shrubs and native plantings. For now listen to the wind while we were at the top, the trees were certainly blowing and it sounds quite blustery. (The video is short but please allow a little time to load.)