Blackwell Forest Preserve
Two other parking lots on Mack Road one-quarter mile east of Route 59.
Warrenville, Ill. 60555
Cost: Preserve and trail access free. Advance-purchase permits required for some amenities.
Hours: Open daily one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset. Boat rental hours vary.
Over seven miles of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Amenities include group picnic shelters, an off-leash dog area, a youth-group campground and a boat launch (permits must be purchased in advance). White Pine Pond and Silver Lake offer fishing. Boat rental at Silver Lake offer canoes, kayaks and rowboats and opens weekends in April and daily after Memorial Day. Family camping open weekends May-September. The McKee Marsh area's interpretive trail features two observation decks, a bird blind, and signs that describe the rich history and ecological significance of the marsh.