My pups and I are avid hikers and were beyond excited to move to an area so rich in parks and forest preserves. Our first mission as new residents was to scope out the best preserves in the area. With so many to choose from, it has been quite a challenge and a ton of fun! Through our “research” we feel confident that these forest preserves are some of the finest around. As we continue on our mission we’ll be adding more reviews of our new favorites, as well as pictures of them in their spring and summer glory.
Blackwell Forest Preserve – 1,366 acres, 6+ trail miles
Main entrance is in Warrenville, on the north side of Butterfield Road, .25 mile west of Winfield Road. There are also entrances on the north and south sides of Mack Road.
After growing up in Warrenville, Blackwell continues to be one of my all-time favorite forest preserves! The woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and ponds are beautiful. The trails are usually quiet and well maintained, even during peak hours. It’s clear the locals love and respect this amazing nature preserve, and we’re so grateful to be just a short drive away.
Herrick Lake – 887 acres, 7 trail miles
The main entrance is on Butterfield Road approximately 1 mile west of Naperville Road.
One of the District’s most popular preserves, Herrick Lake boasts an extensive trail system through gorgeous meadows, forests, and marshes. Many wonderful hours have been spent hiking here, but our favorite part is spending the afternoon canoeing on the lake with our pups. Don’t forget to pack a life jacket for you and your fur baby if you plan to spend time on the water!
Danada Forest Preserve – 797 acres, 3 trail miles
The main entrance is Wheaton, on Naperville Road, 1 mile south of Butterfield Road and 0.75 mile north of Interstate 88.