10 Amazing 360-Degree Photos

Enjoy the scenery from all angles even when you're not there

No matter how big or small the preserve may be, there is some amazing scenery to take in while out and about on the trails. Now, thanks to technology, you don't even have to be outside to enjoy it.

Not only do we occasionally bring nature to you via 360-degree videos, but we also have an extensive library of virtual reality photos featuring some of the most amazing locations across the District's more than 21,000 acres of land.

We've selected the top 10 favorites from our collection, which we hope inspires you to step outside and explore a preserve near you.

(Note: The viewing experience is best enjoyed on a non-mobile device.)

Keepataw Preserve

This preserve is on the site of an old limestone quarry, where bluffs were carved from the mining that took place there around the turn of the century.

One of the remnants of the quarry remains in the form of a single smokestack from the old kiln.

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Isle a la Cache Preserve

Take a hike along the natural surface trail in search of wildlife, while enjoying the view of the Des Plaines River.

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Riverview Farmstead Preserve

This 375-acre site is rich in history and was home to the Clow family, one of the first families to settle in Wheatland Township. The barn, which was erected in the 1890s, was one of the area's largest at the time.

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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

The foundational ruins of the once bustling factory — which shut down in the 1930s — tell both the Iron Works' human story as well as its manufacturing one.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve

Be prepared to witness an impressive display of nesting herons, egrets and cormorants.

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Hammel Woods

When the first piece of the preserve was acquired in 1930, it consisted of 137 acres. But, over the years, Hammel Woods has grown to a 445-acre parcel along the DuPage River.

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Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

If hikes on natural surface trails are your thing, then this is one location you'll want to check out. During the fall, the colors can be amazing.

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Rock Run Preserve

The former quarry site offers some solid opportunities to sit back, relax, and enjoy a sunset.

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Monee Reservoir

The 46-acre lake is associated with a wetland habitat, and the surrounding preserve is home to more than 120 bird species.

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Hammel Woods

When hiking for the first time here, coming upon this spot tucked deep inside the preserve definitely is a pleasant surprise.

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