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Hickory Creek Preserve LaPorte Road Access

Preserve History

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.

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 in Mokena.



Natural Resources

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 1.25 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

LaPorte Road Access also provides access to the 2.25-mile, paved eastern segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway, ideal for the following activities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking/Running
  • In-Line Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing


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.


Permits are available for geocaching at LaPorte Road Access. Learn more about geocaching permits.


Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access is located on LaPorte Road, east of Wolf Road in Mokena.





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