The site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. Left and right arrows move across top level links and expand / close menus in sub levels. Up and Down arrows will open main level menus and toggle through sub tier links. Enter and space open menus and escape closes them as well. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items.

Hammel Woods Route 59 Access

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.

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.



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


Route 59 Access features 1.6 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Route 59 Access 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


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. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves.


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


Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access is located on Route 59, north of Route 52/Jefferson Street in Shorewood.




8 a.m.-Sunset

On Social Media

Like the Hammel Woods Facebook page to get news updates, photos, videos and information about upcoming programs at this preserve.

Sign up for a Newsletter