Blackwell Forest Preserve
Two other parking lots on Mack Road one-quarter mile east of Route 59.
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.
Tubing fans can take a thrilling ride down Mount Hoy when 3 or more inches of snow covers the hill. District inner tubes are the only devices that may be used on Mount Hoy and can only be rented on weekends and school holidays December through February at the base of the hill. Call the Outdoor Report at (630) 871-6422 for hours of operation and snow conditions. Over 7 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Featuring four picnic shelters, an off-leash dog area, a family campground, a youth-group campground and a boat launch (permits must be purchased in advance). White Pine Pond and Silver Lake offer fishing. The McKee Marsh area's interpretive trail features two observation decks, a bird blind, and signs that describe the history and ecological significance of the marsh.