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June 05, 2012
A visit to Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve (Oak Brook, Illinois)
Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve (Oak Brook, Illinois)
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In May of this year, I had the opportunity to visit Lombard, Illinois - a suburb of Chicago. This trip, I wanted to visit some of the parks in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. On May 18, 2012, I visited Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook, Illinois. This beautiful park provides some great walking trails that are great for getting out into Nature and bird watching. From the Forest Preserve web site, we learn that Fullersburg Woods first opened in 1920 and served as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The Visitor Center serves as the home for the Nature Education Center. The building was built by the CCC and provides nice exhibits that promote"... an understanding of humankind’s impact on natural ecosystems and the environment – on the local level and globally."
Fullersburg Woods Visitor Center
The beautiful tall trees provide nice shade for the hiking trails that circle the park. I concentrated on the trails north of the visitor center. The trail I walked was the Wildflower Trail, which "showcases many native species of wildflowers." The walk is very peaceful and level, making it accessible for a wide variety of visitors. Towards the west side of the Preserve, the terrain gets modestly hilly. While I did not travel south of the center, they have paths that lead to the Guaue Mill and Museum (on York Road).
Wildflowers along the trails
Wood Duck on Salt Creek
Birds a plenty at the Park (Gray Catbird - pretty sure)
It was a beautiful day at Fullersburg Woods and even with a fair number of people around, it was relatively quiet. This allowed us to view the wildlife and take some time during our walk for reflection. This is definitely a great park to visit if you are in DuPage County, west of Chicago. There is ample parking and there is no cost for visitors to the park.
Quiet Walk at the Park
Posted by cseeman at June 5, 2012 08:47 PM