Mellody Farm Nature Preserve

EASY 1 reviews

Mellody Farm Nature Preserve is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kennedy, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

no dogs

In 1997 Lake Forest Open Lands partnered with the Friends of the Chicago River and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore over 2000 feet of riverbank frontage along the Middlefork River. Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks and many other colorful bird species frequent the wetlands, savanna and priaires within the preserve. In 2005 this wetland underwent a major restoration: it has been expanded and made deeper, and several limestone perching rocks have been installed. Native species have been planted, including swamp white oaks, sedges and over fifteen different kinds of flowering plants.

hiking
3 days ago

This is not the Lake County Forest Preserve which is right next door, and has two connecting entry points. This is a beautiful place to walk and beautiful to see the Prairie and restoration. If you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained and marked grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but would definitely do a tick check when you're done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie, wildflowers, butterflies, deer and sounds of frogs. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: path to not very well-marked, worth a stop to see. Overall: Gatehouse and history of this place is very interesting and job restoring very well done.