The Forest Preserves of Cook County Offer Activities for Everyone

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With 70,000 acres, the Forest Preserves of Cook County offer something for everyone.

Activities include fishing, bird watching, and hiking, and they can be enjoyed at preserves such as:

Bluff Spring Fen

Bluff Spring Fen is named for its rare fen: a type of wetland fed by mineral-rich springs. The water stays at fifty degrees throughout the year, and it’s surrounded by various habitats such as savannas, prairies, and wetlands. Birders can easily spot great horned owls, red-headed woodpeckers, and blue-gray gnatcatchers, and other activities include hiking and picnicking.

Schiller Woods

Schiller Woods offers activities such as organized sports, fishing, hiking, and sled riding, and it’s a popular destination, especially on the weekends. The human-made Schiller Pond is stocked with species such as crappie, channel catfish, and largemouth bass, while the trees are home to chirping birds such as American sparrows and black-capped chickadees.

The preserve encompasses over 280 acres, and visitors who would like to hike can enjoy a trail that stretches nearly a mile. Along the way, they’ll see an array of insects and some uncommon plant species.

Bemis Woods

Bemis Woods is an ideal destination for those looking for a quiet place to enjoy the outdoors. It’s home to the Salt Creek Trail which spans more than six miles through various preserves east to the Brookfield Zoo. Throughout, hikers will see woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats that are home to a large variety of migrant songbirds. During the winter months, the trail is a favorite among cross-country skiers as it provides beautiful scenery and varied terrain.

These are just a few of the forest preserves that residents of Marquette at Willow Crossing can explore. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact us. Our friendly leasing agents would love to show you firsthand all we have to offer.

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