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Forked Creek Preserve Forsythe Woods

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.

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


Forsythe Woods features 1.34 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing


Forsythe Woods offers one picnic shelter for rental, Forked Creek Shelter (permit capacity of 100 people). Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


Forsythe Woods offers access to shoreline fishing on Forked Creek. State and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


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


Forked Creek Preserve – Forsythe Woods is located on Kahler Road, west of Barr Road in Wilmington.




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