Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve features 1.89 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for hiking/running. The 1.03 miles of natural surface trail outside of the designated nature preserve are also ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The preserve also features 0.5 mile of paved trail, ideal for the following activities:
The preserve offers a multifunctional campground for families, small groups, and large groups consisting of 16 primitive campsites in eight pods, with a permit capacity of 6 to 18 people per site. Download
a map of the campground at Goodenow Grove. The campsites are on flat to hilly terrain in full shade to full sun, and provide access to fire pits and latrines. Fourteen of the campsites are on natural surface terrain, and two are on concrete pads and are ADA accessible. Learn more about camping permits and fees.
The preserve features a 40-foot hill ideal for sledding in the winter. The sled hill opens for the season on December 1, providing conditions allow for sledding. Visitors may bring their own sleds, but no steel runners, snowboards, or steerables are allowed. Sledding tubes are available for rental at the Plum Creek Nature Center when conditions allow. Learn more about sledding in the forest preserves.
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve features the Plum Creek Nature Center, which offers nature education opportunities for families, school groups, and youth groups. A natural playscape around the Nature Center provides outdoor education experiences to visitors. The Nature Center is open to the public free of charge.
Programs and Events
A variety of fun and educational public programs are hosted at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve throughout the year, including bird hikes and astronomy programs. The preserve also features the annual "Goodenow Grove Fall Fest" event in September. View upcoming programs and events.