Things to do while the riders are riding…
Those who accompany the young riders to Independence Farm will find that our scenic location in Libertyville provides a relaxing, bucolic setting for outdoor activities during good weather, and our clean, heated indoor facilities allow parents and visitors to experience the creature comforts of home even while mother nature is storming outside. Should you wish to explore the area, you will find many attractions that are only minutes away.
Independence Grove Forest Preserve
Our facility is adjacent to the Independence Grove Forest Preserve (above), which offers miles of bicycle and walking trails as well as water activities including boating and fishing. There is a full marina, a visitor’s center, and numerous picnic tables for all to enjoy. This Forest Preserve facility is a 5 minute walk or 2 minute drive from the farm.
Des Plaines River Trail
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway covers 2,846 acres and protects land along more than 85 percent of the river in Lake County, providing wildlife habitat, natural flood protection and outdoor recreation opportunities. The trail currently stretches 31 miles and connects preserves with local parks and communities as it winds through the Greenway from just south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border to Deerfield. Bridges and underpasses make it possible to travel without crossing any major roads. We have direct access to these trails from our property! You can enjoy a lovely run or relaxing walk while your loved one rides without even having to get in your car.
Independence Grove Dog Exercise Area
We highly recommend the nearby Independence Grove Dog Exercise Area (left). Named “Best Dog Park” by North Shore magazine, this special place is one of four designated areas in the Lake County Forest Preserves where dogs can run and play off-leash. This 30-acre are just for dogs features fields and wooded areas, and a large pond for swimming and retrieving games. It is fenced on three sides with access to the Des Plaines River Trail. The dog park is located approximately 5 minutes away from the farm by car.
Explore downtown Libertyville, IL
Libertyville is an affluent northern suburb of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois, United States. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Lake Michigan on the Des Plaines River. In 2007, Libertyville was named the 52nd best place to live in the U.S. by CNN Money Magazine. The heart of downtown Libertyville is approximately 5 minutes from the farm, perfect for grabbing lunch or doing some shopping.