birding
19 days ago

At Blackwell’s McKee Marsh, the 13,000-year-old skeleton of a woolly mammoth — one of the oldest finds of its kind in northeastern Illinois — was discovered in 1977.

Beautiful view from the top of Mount Hoy or Trashmore

The grandkids and I hiked 3/4 of the Egret trail @ Blackwell today as well as the campground loop. Today was the last day of camping till May. Trail on cut grass surrounded by lot of tall prairie plants & birds. Very good hike for preschoolers. Saw just a few poison ivy plants. Goldenrod, Jewell weed in flower, Joe pie weed, big blue stem, sunflower, Astor, and very tall cottonwood, birch, hickory, walnut & some oaks. There's a bathroom up on the hill near the start if trail. Next time we'll do the whole thing!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice crushed limestone paths in beautiful prairie, woods and marshland. Mostly flat.

While the trails themselves are very clear, the trail names are no where to be found aside from the regional trail. You'll end up walking farther than intended if you aren't paying attn or don't have a sense of direction. Beautiful marshland and woodlands. Wasn't anything much to see in terms of wildlife, birds, or flowers, but to be fair it is February. We turned off too early on our way back to the car and ended up having to go through the maintenance station and Mack Rd. Trailheads aren't marked either except at the start. Wasn't a great way to end a beautiful walk. We will definitely go back in spring or summer as I bet it is teeming with flora and fauna.

hiking
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

walking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

nice and super relaxing with no altitude change. However, still pretty long make sure to bring water and snacks.

Many different avenues to explore this preserve. You leave feeling like you really accomplished something.

This review is for McKee Marsh on the north side of the preserve. This is a prime location for birding in DuPage County, especially in the spring and fall when birds are migrating. Bring binoculars and a camera with telephoto lens, if you have them. Don't forget bug spray in the summer!

Needs more signage

If you are an avid hiker and live in DuPage county, Blackwell has the most to offer. I use Mount Hoy to train for my annual hikes in the mountains. There are trails on the backside of the hill that are much steeper than the sledding hill There are several flat crushed limestone trails that meander around the perimeter of the park. I found a few unmarked foot paths that wind through the woods around silver lake. Some the of descents down to the lake are very challenging. Blackwell much more to offer such as boat rentals, camping, fishing, picnicing.

Very easy crushed gravel and turf trail, but this trail had a little bit of everything. The McKee Marsh was the first wetlands rehab project in DuPage county, and it is outstanding: so much plant variety and amazing birds. The more forested parts of the oak savannah are also shady and lovely. Highly recommend this easy trail with so much to see!

trail running
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Great trail system albeit not the longest. Also Mount Hoy makes for great hill sprint intervals.

hiking
7 months ago

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