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Forked Creek Preserve - Butcher Lane Access
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Fall generally offers ample opportunities to find all sorts of fungus in the preserves and as cooler, wet weather moves in, be on the lookout while on the trails. View more information.

The 790-acre Forked Creek Preserve was acquired between 1974 and 2007.

The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres of land.

Butcher Lane Access is one of three access areas to the preserve. The other access areas are Ballou Road Access and Forsythe Woods, both in Wilmington.

Natural Resources

Forked Creek Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, wetland, and a portion of Forked Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes a variety of bird species, such as the spotted sandpiper, yellow-billed cuckoo, dickcissel, and ovenbird.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including redbud, Kentucky coffee tree, glade mallow, and smooth blue aster.

The site is managed with invasive species control and prescribed burning to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the Districtís land management activities.

Amenities and Activities


Butcher Lane Access features a natural hill ideal for sledding in the winter. The area is not supervised nor monitored for snow conditions. Learn more about sledding in the forest preserves.
Forked Creek Preserve - Butcher Lane Access Users
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock
Forked Creek Preserve - Butcher Lane Access is located on Butcher Lane, south of Kahler Road in Wilmington. Street parking is available on Butcher Lane.

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