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Hammel Woods Crumby Recreation Area

Preserve History

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.

The first 147 acres of Hammel Woods were the District's 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.

Crumby Recreation Area is one of three access areas to the preserve, with DuPage River Access and Route 59 Access, both in Shorewood, serving as the other entry points.



Natural Resources

Hammel Woods protects forest and wetland habitats.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the long-tailed weasel and least weasel.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including swamp thistle, bitternut hickory and white baneberry.

Amenities and Activities


Crumby Recreation Area features 1.6 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Crumby Recreation Area also provides access to a 3.77-mile, paved segment of the DuPage River Trail, ideal for the following activities:

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


Crumby Recreation Area offers one picnic shelter for rental, Crumby Recreation Area Shelter, with a permit capacity of 120 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


Permits are available for geocaching at Hammel Woods. Learn more about geocaching permits.


Hammel Woods – Crumby Recreation Area is located on Black Road, east of Route 59 in Shorewood.




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