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Forked Creek Preserve Butcher Lane Access

Preserve History

The 790-acre Forked Creek Preserve was acquired between 1974 and 2007.

The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Butcher Lane Access is one of three access areas to the preserve with Ballou Road Access and Forsythe Woods, both in Wilmington, serving as the other access points.


Natural Resources

Forked Creek Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, wetland and a portion of Forked Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes a variety of bird species, such as the spotted sandpiper, yellow-billed cuckoo, dickcissel and ovenbird.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including redbud, Kentucky coffee tree, glade mallow and smooth blue aster.

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


Butcher Lane Access features a natural hill ideal for sledding in the winter. The area is not supervised nor monitored for snow conditions. Learn more about sledding in the forest preserves.


Forked Creek Preserve – Butcher Lane Access is located on Butcher Lane, south of Kahler Road in Wilmington. Street parking is available on Butcher Lane.




8 a.m.-Sunset

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