The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003.
The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.
I&M Canal Access is one of two access areas to the preserve, with McClintock Road Access in Joliet serving as the other entry point.
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Lower Rock Run Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, savanna, wetland and a portion of Rock Run.
Wildlife found at the preserve includes the northern water snake and eastern kingbird.
The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including the leather flower, white water lily and prairie phlox.
Amenities and Activities
I&M Canal Access provides access to the 9.93-mile, paved Rock Run Greenway Trail, ideal for the following activities:
- In-Line Skating
- Cross-Country Skiing
I&M Canal Access also provides access to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' 61.5-mile, crushed limestone I&M Canal State Trail.
The Rock Run Greenway Trail and I&M Canal State Trail both connect to the 4.36-mile, paved Joliet Junction Trail to provide a 16-mile, mostly paved loop trail.
I&M Canal Access offers one picnic shelter for rental, I&M Canal Access Shelter (permit capacity of 60 people). Learn more about picnic permits and fees.
Permits are available for geocaching at I&M Canal Access. Learn more about geocaching permits.