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In The Spotlight: Hickory Creek Preserve

Situated in the heart of Will County’s Lincoln-Way communities, Hickory Creek Preserve is a favorite of many people because of how accessible it is for area residents.

Volunteer Workday: Hickory Creek Junction

11/6/2021: Contribute to your community, support your local environment and meet fellow nature-lovers.

Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hickory Creek Barrens

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hickory Creek Preserve

Hickory Creek Preserve has three shelters available at Hickory Creek Junction and the LaPorte Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Hickory Creek Bikeway

The Hickory Creek Bikeway consists of two segments within Hickory Creek Preserve, totaling 5.93 miles.

Creeker Seekers: World Rivers Day

9/28/2021: Celebrate World Rivers Day by exploring Hickory Creek in the name of science!

Volunteer Workday: Hickory Creek — LaPorte Road Access

10/3/2021: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

Crayfish is the Champ in June's Photo Contest

A New Lenox woman's photo of a crayfish with its claws held high at Hickory Creek Preserve was chosen as June's Preserve the Moment photo contest winner. The contest will continue with monthly winners through December. Overall winners will be chosen in January, and the first place photo will receive

Work Off the Turkey Workday: Hickory Creek — LaPorte Road Access

11/27/2021: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers and get some fresh air and exercise.

Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Woods Walk

9/1/2021-11/30/2021: Get out and get moving in the return of “Woods Walk”! Explore 10 of WIll County's best trails to experience their fall splendor.

Rec Bike Club

10/2/2021: Enjoy nature while getting a little exercise with our four-part "Rec Bike Club."

Playground

The Forest Preserve offers playgrounds at two preserves: Hickory Creek Junction in Mokena and Theodore Marsh in Crest Hill.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting activity that is growing in popularity, and is permitted in select Will County forest preserves.

Trick-or-Treat in the Woods

10/22/2021: Experience the woods like never before, exploring along the trail for both tricks and treats!

Shooting Stars Viewing & Campfire

10/7/2020: Join us for an evening of music, campfire and Draco the Dragon in the northern sky.

Fall Color Stroll

10/8/2021: Take a stroll through Hammel Woods to experience the fall colors as the sun sets.

Trick-or-Treat in the Woods

10/16/2021: Experience the woods like never before, exploring along the trail for both tricks and treats!

Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve

The 997-acre Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve was acquired between 1974 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Thorn Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,600 acres.

'Woods Walk' Hiking Challenge Runs Through November 30

The popular "Woods Walk" hiking challenge began September 1 and runs through November 30. Hike seven of 10 trails to receive a medallion.

Potawatomi Woods Preserve

The 114-acre Potawatomi Woods Preserve was acquired in 2000. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Sauk Trail Reservoir

The 242-acre Sauk Trail Reservoir was acquired between 1976 and 1978. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hunters Woods

The 43-acre Hunters Woods was acquired between 1973 and 1975. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Route 30 Bikeway

The Route 30 Bikeway travels 7.56 miles from Walona Avenue in New Lenox through Mokena to 78th Avenue in Frankfort.

Rec Bike Club

9/23/2021: Enjoy nature while getting a little exercise with our four-part "Rec Bike Club."

Hiking/Running

The forest preserves provide hikers and runners with beautiful trails throughout the county, making them convenient no matter where you live.

Biking

Throughout Will County, the Forest Preserve District has provided paved and limestone screened trails that are ideal for biking. Whether you are seeking a leisurely ride or a serious workout, a trail is available and it is likely close to home.

In-Line Skating

The Forest Preserve's paved trails are ideal for enthusiasts of the popular sport of in-line skating.

Cross-Country Skiing

After a snowfall, the Forest Preserve's trails are not cleared so they become ideal for cross-country skiing.

Picnicking

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.

Snowshoeing

With a deep snowfall, snowshoeing provides a unique way to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of a brisk winter day. This winter activity can be enjoyed at a variety of Will County forest preserves.

Harvest Hustle Virtual 5K

10/1/2021-10/31/2021: Immerse yourself in the autumn season and take part in the 2021 “Harvest Hustle Virtual 5K.”

Quilts, Food Trucks and Zombies, the 2021 Event Lineup has it All

The event schedule offers a wide range of activities that are sprinkled throughout the year to inspire patrons to revisit sites they already love and to motivate others to discover a new place to enjoy the outdoors. Art, food, nature and fitness are all on tap as we get underway for some fun in '21.

Wildlife Viewing

The Forest Preserve works to protect wildlife, especially threatened or endangered species, in its preserves. Enjoy the viewing of this wildlife at a variety of locations throughout Will County.

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