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.
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The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011.
The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres of land.
The first 147 acres of Hammel Woods were the Districtís second and third acquisitions in 1930. The preserve is located at the site of the historic Grinton Mill and was named in honor of American soldiers who fought in the World War I battle in Hamel, France.
DuPage River Access offers six primitive campsites for family or group rental, with a permit capacity of 6 to 8 people per site. The campsites are on flat to slightly sloped natural surface terrain in partial to full shade, and provide access to fire pits and latrines. Learn more about camping permits and fees.