Oh Savanna:
Waukegan Savanna Forest Preserve

At just under 800 acres, the Waukegan Savanna is a lovely mix of open fields and woodlands with a gently rolling terrain. The whole of the preserve is split by Delany Road between Wadsworth Road and Yorkhouse Road, and on the west and east side of Northwestern Avenue to Green Bay Road between Yorkhouse Road and Blanchard Road.

For my solo adventure on 11/17/18, I parked in the gravel parking lot which is accessible off of Yorkhouse Road and just west of Delany Road. This provided access to a grass hiking trail (that I discovered is used for dog sledding; sorry, I didn’t see any dog sleds during my visit). For more information: Waukegan Savanna Forest Preserve.

My visit coincided with the first “real” snow of the season. Here are a couple of trail pictures.

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And, since you probably know by this point that I like close-up pictures, following are some teasels, poke berries, an amazing wasp nest, and a leaf that seemed to me to be saying “Hey, don’t I look pretty sitting here in the snow?!”

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Lastly, a very majestic-looking (IMO) tree and a practical joke, of sorts, in the woods. While I was taking pictures of poke berries, I did a double-take when I saw the grapes hanging on the poke berry bush branch.

As always, here’s the video of my visit to the Waukegan Savanna. [Breathe in, breathe out.]

New snow always makes for a beautiful hiking experience. Where are you looking forward to hiking in the snow? Let us know.

find a trail ~ find your path™

~Trail Tracing

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