Tour Route - Driving or Biking Directions
The tour is 16 miles and takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, traveling by car with stops. Most stops are 1-2 miles apart.
Begin the tour at the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, 509 East Deerpath, Lake Forest. Across the street is Triangle Park, stop #1. Click here for images and information.
#1 Triangle Park. The witness tree is at the northeast corner of the park, arching over Washington. Proceed north to Walnut, turning right/east. Go to Sheridan and turn left/north. Turn right/east on Westminster to Lake Road. Turn left/north on Lake to the Lake Forest Cemetery gates. (10 minutes)
#2 Lake Forest Cemetery. ***Note: The original cemetery witness tree is no longer extant but the site contains several other venerable trees - a new description is forthcoming.*** The witness tree is just beyond the Alexander McKinlock American Legion Post triangle with the flagpole, near the Claire and Vanderaa gravesites. Park on the side of the cemetery drive. Please do not park on the grass. Exit through the cemetery gates. At Spruce, the first street, turn right/west. Continue on Spruce, bearing to the right at the fork by the entrance to St. Mary’s Cemetery. Continue straight on Spruce across Sheridan to Edgewood. Turn left/south to stop sign at Noble. Turn right/west to McKinley Road. Turn right and then immediately turn right again into Lake Forest High School. (5 minutes)
#3 Lake Forest High School. The witness tree is on the drive into the school, on the left where the drive bends. Park in the lot ahead on the right. Exit following the circular drive in front of the school. Turn left/south onto McKinley Road to Woodland. Turn right at the light at Woodland and go underneath the railroad viaduct. Turn right/north on Western immediately after passing under the tracks. Turn left/west at Laurel, the first street. Proceed past Kelmscott on the right. (5 minutes)
#4 Laurel. The witness tree is on the right, in front of newly constructed homes just beyond Kelmscott. When leaving, proceed straight to Green Bay Road and turn right/north. Go to Ragdale at 1260 N. Green Bay Road, 1/8th of a mile north on the left. Pull into the drive. (5 minutes)
#5 Ragdale. The witness tree is just west of the red Barnhouse, to the north of Ragdale. Please drive ahead to the circular drive in front of Ragdale and look just to the north. The tree is currently behind construction fencing. When leaving, turn right/south out of the drive onto Green Bay Road. Continue to the stoplight at Deerpath and turn left/east to Oakwood. City Hall is on the northeast corner of Oakwood and Deerpath. (5 minutes)
#6 City Hall. The witness tree is on the east side of City Hall. When leaving, continue east on Deerpath to Sheridan Road. Turn right/south and proceed to Westleigh, across from Woodlands Academy. Turn left/east on Westleigh. Continue to the end of Westleigh. Park here and walk down Bluff’s Edge Drive, heading north to the pedestrian bridge. (10 minutes)
#7 Bluff’s Edge. The witness tree is the large Norway Spruce at the end of the bridge. When leaving, drive back down Westleigh to Sheridan Road, turn left/south to the intersection with the stoplight. Turn right/west and continue on Westleigh to the stoplight at Green Bay Road. Turn right/north on Green Bay Road. Continue to Lake Forest Country Day School on the right and Foster Place on the left. (8 minutes)
#8 Green Bay Trail. The witness tree is across from Lake Forest Country Day School, beyond Foster Place at 150 Green Bay Road. It is a busy road and parking is on the side streets. Proceed north on Green Bay Road to the stoplight at Deerpath. Turn left/west on Deerpath. Continue to Westmoreland, the drive in to Lake Forest Hospital. Turn right/north and drive just past parking lot #8. Walk north across the road. (10 minutes)
#9 Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. The large Burr Oak, with a stone marker at its base, stands north of the Hospital’s red and white helipad. When leaving, continue around the hospital to the intersection with Waukegan Road. As you leave the Lake Forest Hospital witness tree, straight west across Waukegan Road. That becomes Middlefork Road, and go to Elawa Farms and the Middlefork Savanna. When reaching Elawa Farm, turn around and continue back up the hill. Stop near the top.(5 minutes)
#10 Elawa Farm and Middlefork Savannah. The witness tree is on the hill and looks over Elawa Farm’s large fruit and vegetable gardens to the east of the farm buildings, directly south of the roundabout in Middlefork Drive. Proceed to Waukegan Road. At the stoplight, turn left/north to the stoplight at Knollwood Road. Follow the drive into the Golf Club. (5 minutes)
#11 Knollwood Club. On Knollwood Road just north of the club’s paddle courts, the witness tree is near the road on the east side and overlooks the 18th green. The tree is easily seen from a bike or car; parking may be available in designed lots near the main clubhouse, a short walk to the tree. This is the last stop.