Enjoy Sandy Beaches and Hiking Trails at the Illinois Beach State Park

Illinois Beach State Park

Summer is the perfect time to explore all that nature has to offer. Luckily, there is so much natural beauty to enjoy near Vernon Hills. If you’re looking for an exciting outdoor excursion, the Illinois Beach State Park is conveniently located near our Vernon Hills apartments.

Lake Michigan Beachfront

The Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park is a local gem located an easy, half-hour drive from The Mil’Ton. This lovely and well-maintained state park is the only remaining beach ridge shoreline in Illinois. If you want to enjoy Lake Michigan up close, this 4,160-acre park is home to dunes and beaches. Enjoy a wide variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery in all seasons. Take a day trip to enjoy swimming, boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, and more along the six miles of Lake Michigan.

Hiking Trails

The Illinois Beach State Park is home to several hiking trails. Make your way along sandy beaches and through marshes that are home to an abundance of flowers and shrubs. In fact, the area at the far southern end of the park is a designated nature preserve. The park hosts more than 650 species of plants, and nature enthusiasts can bring along a guidebook to identify the many blossoming flowers found during the summer.

The southern section of the park features five miles of trails, including a loop with a graveled surface. The northern section is home to the Camp Logan Trail, a 1.8-mile multi-use loop, which is also available in the winter for cross-country skiing. If you prefer to bike, you can enjoy opportunities to explore the state park on the Zion Bike Trail that connects the upper and lower sections. The trails are well-kept and clearly marked with varying lengths and restful stopping points. 

Swimming and Fishing

The Illinois Beach State Park is open for swimming in both the northern and southern sections. Enjoy the sandy beaches and beautiful views over Lake Michigan as you cool off on a hot summer day. Fishing is permitted along the beach in both the north and south sections of the state park, but not in the swimming areas. In addition, you’ll find several small inland fishing ponds, including Sand Pond, which contains a disabled fishing pier. Please note that you cannot fish in the nature preserve section of the park.

The Illinois Beach State Park is a perfect summer excursion for residents of The Mil’ton. Be sure to check out our blog for more lifestyle ideas and activities, and contact us to learn more about our vibrant community.

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