June 24, 2012
Visit to Danada Forest Preserve (Wheaton, 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 Sunday May 20, 2012, I visited Danada Forest Preserve in Oak Brook, Illinois. This beautiful park provides some great walking trails and a beautiful horse farm as well. From the Forest Preserve web site, we learn that Danada was the former home of Daniel and Ada Rice, Chicago philanthropists and the owner of the 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair, who lived there. The name of the farm is their first two names (Dan and Ada) pushed together. Today, the "...preserve is the home of Danada Equestrian Center, which is surrounded by 783 acres of rolling terrain that encompass wetlands, woodlands and prairies."
While the Danada Equestrian Center is wonderful if you have a horse, there is plenty to do there if you are on foot or bicycle. The grounds are beautiful and there are great trails to the east of the Equestrian Center. The Danada-Herrick Lake Regional Trail is a beautiful walk in the woods that nearly touches Rice Lake. The walk was wonderful and under shade for a good part. Be sure the follow the Nature Trail as it circles in the thick woods just east of the Equestrian Center. As you move closer to Rice Lake, you find yourself out in the open. At Rice Lake, there are numerous types of birds including Geese, herons, waterfowl, etc.
On the Sunday morning that I arrived, there were relatively few people at Danada. This made for a nice quiet hike on the grounds. This is definitely another 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. The Visitor Gardens and Equestiran Center provide drinking water and restrooms, so that is a nice part of the visit.
Posted by cseeman at June 24, 2012 09:05 PM