Helm Woods Forest Preserve Loop

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Helm Woods Forest Preserve Loop is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Barrington, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
55 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Heavy clay soils and slow drainage characterizes much of this preserve. As a consequence of the soil types, early farming was restricted to the higher points on the property and the forested area was used as pasture. Today, the forested areas with their standing water present a unique ecosystem. Enormous Swamp White Oak and Green Ash are found scattered throughout the woods. Rare plants such as Shinleaf, Large-seed Sedge and Buttonbush, are found here. Wood Duck and Blue-wing Warblers are nesting here.

birding
3 months ago

Most of the forested area was designated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Extensive restoration efforts have been made here to eradicate non-native shrubs from woodland tracts.