The preserve is also part of a tree mitigation project funded by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority that has planted more than 800 trees and shrubs at the preserve.
Due to the sensitivity of the site's natural resources, dogs are not allowed in the nature preserve.
Amenities and Activities
Messenger Woods Nature Preserve features 1.98 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for hiking/running. The 1.3 miles of natural surface trail outside of the designated nature preserve are also ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The preserve offers four primitive campsites for family or group rental, with a permit capacity of 6 people per site. The campsites are on moderately sloped terrain in full sun, and provide access to fire pits and latrines. Two of the campsites are on natural surface terrain, and two are on concrete pads and are ADA accessible. The two ADA-accessible sites provide access to grills. Learn more about camping permits and fees.