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Great fall colors and tall grasses. Nice visitor center with a lot of taxidermy. They also have binoculars you can borrow but I suggest you bring your own.

Beautiful and clean. Great for dog walking. Wide paths decrease chance of being run over with bikes, other walkers, etc. Highly recommended.

Ran a 5k here in August. It was a pretty easy trail for a run.

Easy hiking trails. Great scenery. Lots of wildlife, especially for bird watchers.

This is one of my favorite places. I've been coming here for years for nature walks and to bird watch.

We did the Bur Edge trail out from the nature center. An easy trail with the kids through the woods and prairie. Saw egrets, frogs, and birds. The kids nature play area was neat. Very hot and there were extended periods without shade. Enjoyed the exhibits at the nature center as well.

just a heads up, there are no pets allowed! but there's a bike path across the street that they offer as an alternative. very peaceful

Easy gravel trail through mostly wetlands. Love the boardwalk here.

We lived near her for seven years and never knew about this place. Great family hiking! Nature center has live animals and check the hawk/owl/vulture exhibits a bit down the trail from the center. The kid area seems overgrown and path need to be widened for us to fully enjoy the experience. Overall, great place!

Awesome! Great preserve

6 months ago

The directions take you to the south side of the lake, there's lots of bugs but it's scenic with a heron rookery on the lake.

Great place for family with kids! Beautiful and well maintained.

Red section of this trail is newly paved and/or limestone - reroute of part of old trail. Section north of parking lot stripped of non-native vegetation all the way to river, as part of prairie restoration. Wide open & barren - boring & exposed to sun/wind. Wait a few years until it recovers.

This trail is probably nice but it doesn't allow dogs. Why would I want to hike without my dog? The park employee rushed at us like we were criminals and told us we were not welcome with our dog. Lame!

This is one of my favorite sites with woodlands, streams, ponds, meadows and a nature center.