Independence Grove Forest Preserve

Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville: Address, Phone Number, Independence Grove Forest Preserve Reviews: 5/5

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

Independence Grove Forest Preserve
5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Parks
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illinois travelere
1,511 contributions
winter visit
Feb 2021
This extraordinary forest preserve is worth a visit any time of the year.

Becuase of this season's heavy snowfalls, not all of the paths had been cleared. You could tell from tracks in the snow that this did not stop visitors with appropriate footwear from striking out across the terrain.

During this particular visit, ice skating was forbidden, but ice fishing was going on. I couldn't resist taking photos of groups of fisherpeople scattered across the lake -- some drilling holes as I watched. The thaw is coming.

Because this property is so large and has so much parking, it is very easy to social distance during your visit.

See earlier reviews for more details (May 9, 2020; July 18, 2017; and September 4, 2016).
Written March 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

illinois travelere
1,511 contributions
There's always something special at Independence Grove
May 2020
This time we did the Overlook Trail -- a little more than two and half miles along the periphery of the park.
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In addition to the beautiful scenery, we saw two sets of goslings -- one clustered on land, and one lined up between their parents as they floated on the lake.

There is plenty of parking and room on the trails to observe safe social distancing.

See my earlier September 4, 2016 and July 18, 2017 reviews for more details.
Written May 9, 2020
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Victoria I
6 contributions
This is a great place
Jun 2019
Been there many times, this is a great asset for Lake County. The trails are great, there is so much to do and it is so pretty there.
Written December 31, 2019
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,032 contributions
No dogs allowed
Dec 2019 • Family
Very nice place but dogs are not allowed here. Not even on a leash. What a pity! You can bike here and play volleyball in the summer but no dogs.
Written December 25, 2019
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jillibeanWork
work86 contributions
Snarky Staff
Oct 2019
Just had a wedding and reception here. The grounds are beautiful, wonderful place for a fall wedding. The event coordinator was awful. Nasty, sarcastic, just all around mean. The food was mostly awful. Lots of it was inedible, the things that were edible ran out quickly since other things were so terrible. When I called the day after the wedding to express my disappointment I talked to a gentleman who spent 35 minutes talking me in circles, interrupting me and double talking. Not once did he apologize for the terrible experiences, just kept saying to read the reviews, that they were all wonderful, stellar, fantastic. He said that he has never had a complaint about this event coordinator and blamed the bride, groom, bridal party and myself for the problems.
Well, here you go dude, a review that is not wonderful, fantastic or stellar.
Not only won't I ever have anything to do with Independence Grove again but I will now go out of my way to make sure people know about the treatment and lack of hospitality that we received.
Written October 17, 2019
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Richard S
Reading, UK66 contributions
An absolute Beautiful Gem of Creation.
Oct 2019
A beautiful place to walk, bike, run for old and young. Sit and admire the lake views, the variety of trees and Mother Nature. Well laid out mainly flat trails. Plenty for everybody. Man made beach open in season with boating on offer too. We went in the Autumn/Fall so the trees were turning and spectacular colour. Despite people around this place offers tranquility in a beautiful setting.
Written October 8, 2019
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Pavel S
Chicago, IL566 contributions
Great place for family party
Jul 2019 • Friends
We used to come here pretty often with our friends and had many parties there, enjoyed swimming and boating.
Written September 8, 2019
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FloridaJoe60
Sherman, IL18 contributions
Outdoor Wedding
Aug 2019 • Couples
Outdoor weddings are always hit or miss but when we were told it was going to be at a forest preserve I sort of cringed.

Let me say that this is by far one the prettiest places I’ve been for a wedding. The wedding itself was outside in one of the courtyards. The reception in the visitors center was amazing. Staff was amazing, hall overlooked the lake, great outdoor space for cocktail hour and most importantly it was a gorgeous event for the bride and groom. Definitely recommend.
Written August 14, 2019
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Patriklise
Chicago, IL1,346 contributions
Fresh Air and Walking Trails
Aug 2019 • Solo
Great place to walk, clean well kept trails, forests and biking trails
Wear insect repellent at dusk because the mosquitoes can get hungry
Really enjoyed the nature trails
Written August 9, 2019
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Iggie28
Lake Tahoe (California), CA36 contributions
Great place to go hiking or enjoy nature.
Sep 2018
I recommend this place for those who want a break from city life. This forest preserve is clean, beautiful and peaceful. Good place to go for a walk, enjoy silence or just relax after a long day. Entrance fee is cheap and parking is abundant. Staff are also friendly and helpful. Great views!
Written August 2, 2019
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