News you can use
All Preserves, Trails Open
All preserves and trails are open Wednesday, October 18, after heavy rains caused flooding in some areas.
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.
Route 59 Access is one of three access areas to the preserve, with DuPage River Access and Crumby Recreation Area, both in Shorewood, serving as the other entry points.
PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS PRESERVE'S INTERACTIVE MAP
VIEW 360-DEGREE PHOTO
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
Route 59 Access features 2.18 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:
- Cross-Country Skiing
Route 59 Access also provides access to a 3.7-mile, paved segment of the DuPage River Trail, ideal for the following activities:
- In-Line Skating
- Cross-Country Skiing
Route 59 Access offers three picnic shelters. Hidden Shelter (permit capacity of 100 people) is available for rental. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.
Grinton Grove Shelter may be used by groups of less than 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. A permit is not required.
Shorewood Grove Shelter is currently unavailable for rental until further notice due to a bat colony's inhabitance of the shelter.
Route 59 Access offers access to shoreline fishing on the DuPage River. State and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.
Route 59 Access features a canoe/kayak launch on the DuPage River. No launch pass is required. All persons in a canoe or kayak must wear a personal flotation device at all times. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves.
Permits are available for geocaching at Hammel Woods. Learn more about geocaching permits.