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Enjoy a day in the country, excellent family fun, look at exhibits, wildlife displays and walk labeled self guiding trails at the District's five Nature Centers. Introductory talks available for scheduled groups.
Picnicking is not permitted at the Centers, but there are nearby areas for this purpose. Visitors are restricted to the trails for the protection of the plant and animal life for the continual enjoyment of the public. Each center is different in terrain, exhibits and emphasis. The centers have special events throughout the year, media announcements are made on each.
[See the Nature Centers index.]
No Concession stands are available. GROUPS MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS by contacting the facility they wish to visit.
Over 4,400 acres of the Forest Preserves receive additional conservation recognition by being included in the Illinois Nature Preserves system. These areas contain unique habitats such as fens, wetlands and prairies. The District has fostered the preservation and rehabilitation of many acres of native 'Illinois' prairie.
[See the Trail Map Index and Picnic Map trails.]
Over 109 miles of bicycle trails are available or under construction. For hiking and horseback riding, over 200 miles of trails are available throughout the District. Maps and further information can be obtained by contacting the District. Horses may be rented from stables near the equestrian trails (a District rider's license is required).
THE DISTRICT DOES NOT HAVE HORSES FOR RENT.
Source of this page: Cook County Forest Preserve District, Cook County, Illinois.
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