Plum Valley Preserve

Location

Plum Valley Preserve is located south of Burville Road and east of Route 394 in Crete Township.

Phone

815-727-8700

Hours

8 a.m.-Sunset

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Preserve history

The 455-acre Plum Valley Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2000.

The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres.

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Natural resources

Plum Valley Preserve protects forest and wetland habitat, and a portion of Plum Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes a variety of reptiles and birds.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including lobed violet, sycamore, red pine and fire pink.

The site is managed with prescribed burning to protect and enhance its natural resources.

Amenities and activities

Trails

Plum Valley Preserve features a 1-mile crushed limestone segment of the Plum Creek Greenway Trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking/running
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Dog park


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The preserve features a 9-acre, off-leash dog park divided equally among three enclosures, including one exclusively for dogs under 35 pounds. A permit is required for dog park use.

Picnicking

The Burville Road access area offers one picnic shelter for rental, with a permit capacity of 60 people.