Blackwell Forest Preserve

MODERATE 10 reviews

Blackwell Forest Preserve is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Winfield, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
45 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

Blackwell's gently rolling hilly terrain features oak and hickory woodlands, prairies, grasslands and wetlands that attract a variety of native wildlife, including wild turkeys, deer, bald eagles, great blue herons, coyotes, red foxes and muskrats. Blackwell's McKee Marsh, located north of Mack Road, features trails and two vernal ponds where amphibians such as the northern leopard frog breed. Bird species such as the wood duck, blue-winged teal and solitary sandpiper forage in the area. You can walk, jog, bike, cross-country ski or ride horseback on most trails at Blackwell. If you're bringing a horse trailer, please park it at the McKee Marsh lot on Mack Road and do not ride in picnic areas, campgrounds or other developed areas.

hiking
25 days ago

Didn’t realize we’d be in full sun before heading out on a summer day - so I’d recommend going early morning or evening.... beautiful surroundings and saw many butterflies and birds. Gravel trail - so would be nice for biking.

walking
4 months ago

Nice walk with minimal other dogs and people. Plenty of open space easily accessible off the trail to take my owner through the forest or across the prairie. Have your owner bring poo bags and carry them back out to the trash can at the parking lot. There were even restroom facilities for my owner.

4 months ago

This trail is only the McKee Marsh area. Blackwell is actually south and east of the outlined trail.

Refer to the listing for “Regional, Bobolink, and Catbird” for Blackwell forest preserve.

birding
5 months 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.

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Sunday, January 01, 2017