Forest Preserves in DuPage County

Take a Stroll through the Forest Preserves in DuPage County

The summer months are the perfect time to explore the forest preserves in DuPage County. There are 60 in total, and combined, they span nearly 26,000 acres and offer 145 miles of trails. You’ll find an array of wildlife, majestic trees, and beautiful flowers that grace your path.

Here are a few of the forest preserves in DuPage County to explore for your next adventure.

Belleau Woods

Belleau Woods was once owned by the McCormick family who used the property for activities such as hiking and horseback riding. They donated the land to the Illinois National Guard in 1945. Eighteen years later, it was given to the Forest Preserve District.

Today, it is an excellent example of upland woodland with wildflowers and towering oaks. The preserve is open until one hour after sunset, and you’ll find several species of bird nests including red-headed woodpeckers and white-breasted nuthatches.

Fullersburg Woods

Fullersburg Woods features a prime wildlife haven in an urban environment. It is home to beavers, herons, and red foxes, and the trails are perfect for a leisurely stroll.

The area surrounding the preserve was originally known as Brush Hill but was renamed after Jacob and Benjamin Fuller as they plated the land in 1851. The Ben Fuller House is nearby and is one of the oldest balloon-frame structures in the state.

Warrenville Grove

Warrenville Grove encompasses 127-acres and, established in 1923, is one of the district’s oldest preserves. It’s also a favorite among locals as it features trails, woodlands, and the shoreline of the West Branch DuPage River.

Those who walk across the historic millrace will see the remnants of a dam’s limestone abatement and listen to water gurgle over the recreated natural riffles.

These are just some of the outdoor destinations that you can enjoy if you call The Retreat at Seven Bridges home. Please contact our leasing agents to arrange a tour where you can experience all our community has to offer.

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