Brown barrens nature preserve

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Preserve History

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was obtained between 1942 and 2010.

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The keep is component of the Hickory Creek conservation device, which conserves even more than 2,000 acres.

The maintain is the District's biggest individual preserve, and the majority of the land was got for a regional stormwater reservoir which was never built. This access area attributes the New Lenox Historical Society's historical one-roomSchmuhl School.

A 575-acre percentage of the website was dedicated as anIllinois Nature Preservein 1998. This dedication gives irreversible defense for the preserve's organic resources.

Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve is just one of 3 accessibility areas to the maintain. The various other access locations areHickory Creek JunctionandLaPorte Road Access, both in Mokena.PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS PRESERVE'S INTERACTIVE MAP


Natural Resources

Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including woodland, prairie, savanna, wetland also and also a portion of Hickory Creek.

Wildlife uncovered at the preserve includes more than 50 bird species, such as the pileated woodpecker, yellow-rumped warbler, brvery own creeper and hermit thrush.

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The nature preserve is additionally residence to a range of plant species, including the largest population of the state-threatened savanna blazing star in Illinois, as well as the federally endangered Mead's milkweed.

The website is managed through invasive species manage, prescribed burning and also habitat restoration to protect and boost its natural sources.Find Out more around the District’s land monitoring tasks.

Due to the sensitivity of the site's natural resources, dogs are not enabled in the nature keep.

Amenities and Activities


Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve offers accessibility to the 3.75-mile, paved western segment of the Hickory Creek Bikemeans, appropriate for the following activities:

BikingHiking/RunningIn-Line SkatingCross-Counattempt SkiingSnowshoeing

Hickory Creek Barrens likewise offers accessibility to the 7.56-mile Route 30 Bikemeans, a direct paved trail best for the complying with activities:

BikingHiking/RunningIn-Line SkatingCross-Counattempt SkiingSnowshoeing

The Route 30 Bikeway connects the western segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway to the 2.25-mile, led eastern segment at the Frankfort Township Office on Route 30.

In addition, Hickory Creek Barrens provides access using street routes to the 22-mile Old Plank Road Trail, a linear paved trail best for the following activities:

BikingHiking/RunningIn-Line SkatingCross-Country SkiingSnowshoeing


Hickory Creek Barrens uses one picnic shelter for rental, Hickory Creek Barrens Shelter, with a permit capacity of 60 civilization.Find Out even more around picnic permits and fees.