Mellody Farm Nature Preserve

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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
39 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

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.

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