Lyons Woods is diverse, supporting prairie, savanna, woodland and fen. In the prairie, you’ll find such plants as dropseed, big bluestem and goldenrod. The woods support large stands of white, bur and black oaks. Lyons Woods is a birder’s paradise. Many warblers nest here, including the common yellowthroat, the blue-winged warbler and the ovenbird. In winter, the evergreen grove near the parking lot often shelters several birds not normally seen this far south, like the long-eared owl.
Lyons Woods has 2.5 miles of gravel trails that tie into the McClory Trail, a local trail system that is managed by the Lake County Department of Transportation and connects with other community trails. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them.