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Rock Run Preserve Black Road Access

Preserve History

The 320-acre Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2009.

The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

A 168-acre portion of the site was registered as an Illinois Land and Water Reserve in 2003 and 2005. This registration provides permanent protection for the natural resources at the preserve.

Black Road Access is one of two access areas to the preserve, with Paul V. Nichols Access in Joliet serving as the other entry point.



Natural Resources

Rock Run Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland and a portion of Rock Run.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the snapping turtle, Chicago garter snake and more than 100 bird species.

The preserve is also home to more than 500 plant species, including the violet, buttercup, mint and aster.

The site is managed with invasive species control, prescribed burning and habitat restoration to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the District’s land management activities.

Amenities and Activities


Black Road Access features 0.52 mile of crushed limestone trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Black Road Access also provides access to the 11.24-mile, paved Rock Run Greenway Trail, ideal for the following activities:

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

The Rock Run Greenway Trail connects to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ crushed limestone I&M Canal State Trail and the 4.36-mile, paved Joliet Junction Trail to provide a 16-mile, mostly paved loop trail.


Black Road Access offers one picnic shelter for rental, Black Road Access Shelter, with a permit capacity of 60 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


Black Road Access offers access to shoreline fishing on a quarry pond within the preserve. Statewide and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


Permits are available for geocaching at this preserve access. Learn more about geocaching permits.


Rock Run Preserve – Black Road Access is located on Black Road, west of Essington Road in Joliet.





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