Discovering the beauty Illinois’ Forest Preserves across the seasons has been truly amazing. Fall, however, is certainly the best time of the year to spend time outdoors. Nothing beats brisk clear days with a backdrop of stunning fall colors.
Better yet, soft breezes carried a delicate smell of pine trees while I meandered through the the wooded path… Awesome, isn’t it?
At Blackwell, you can admire how the retreating Wisconsin Glacier shaped the land between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago. After the glacier’s retreat, savannas with widely spaced oak trees formed on a higher patch of ground while the lower-lying ground is now home to marshland and prairie plants. Today, these prairie plants are well-know in the area and people working hard to preserve it. Visit just before sundown, the views are magical as calm lakes perfectly mirror the trees and sky (see picture below).
These protected patches of forest overflow with squirrels, rabbits, bats, beavers, opossum, raccoons, skunks, foxes, deer and of courses many species of birds… I’m always so excited to catch sight of a rabbit while riding my bike!
What to do…
Trail are great for you!
Whether you are a hiker, cyclist, runner, equestrian or cross-country skier, you can enjoy more than 6 miles of trails. In summer, you can enjoy two observation decks, bird watching stands, and signage that describes the history and ecological significance of the marsh.
You can fish on Blackwell’s lake or even train your inner Katniss Everdeen: there is also an archery range.
Over to you, do you love nature?
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.