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Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access
The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010.
The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres of land.
The preserve is the District's largest individual preserve, and the majority of the land was acquired for a regional stormwater reservoir which was never constructed.
LaPorte Road Access is one of three access areas to the preserve. The other access areas are
Hickory Creek Barrens
in New Lenox, and
Hickory Creek Junction
Hickory Creek Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, savanna, wetland, and a portion of Hickory Creek.
Wildlife found at the preserve includes more than 50 bird species, such as the pileated woodpecker, yellow rumped warbler, brown creeper, and hermit thrush.
The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including lead plant, beechwood sedge, yellow trout lily, prairie gentian, and wild senna.
The site is managed with invasive species control and prescribed burning to protect and enhance its natural resources.
Learn more about the District’s land management activities.
Amenities and Activities
LaPorte Road Access features 1.29 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:
LaPorte Road Access also provides access to the 2.90-mile, paved eastern segment of the
Hickory Creek Bikeway
, ideal for the following activities:
LaPorte Road Access offers two picnic shelters for rental:
Hickory Hollow Shelter
(permit capacity of 150 people) and
Shagbark Grove Shelter
(permit capacity of 90 people).
Learn more about picnic permits and fees.
LaPorte Road Access offers access to shoreline fishing on a detention pond within the preserve. Statewide and District regulations apply.
Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.
Permits are available for geocaching at LaPorte Road Access.
Learn more about geocaching permits.
Download a map of the amenities at Hickory Creek Preserve.
Photograph Courtesy of Amy Bartling
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access is located on LaPorte Road, east of Wolf Road in Mokena.
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