Friday, October 19, 2018

Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois: The Beginnings of Fall

Hiking in Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois


Exploring nature at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois

We visited Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville for the first time last week in hopes of seeing a few fall colors. Fall colors have just started popping here, so we did see a few. While we did not see as many as I had hoped, we did notice that the area is perfect for birding. Here is a little cardinal that was being a bit shy:


Cardinal in a tree peeking at us in Blackwell Forest Preserve

Blackwell Forest Preserve is a fairly sizable preserve with a rolling landscape, woods, wetlands, grasslands and prairie. So, you can enjoy a variety of experiences throughout the year.

Fall colors popping up just a tad near a brook at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois
Fall colors popping up just a tad.
During the warmer months, you can rent boats for Spring Lake. Spring Lake provides a really beautiful spot for repose or picnic.

Mount Hoy with some fall colors around at Blackwell Forest Preserve

For our hike, we took the Egret Trail which bordered on some wetlands and took us into the forest. We noted quite a few different birds. We saw cardinals, cedar waxwings, downy woodpeckers, robins and more. I believe this is a yellow rumped warbler:

Yellow rumped warbler at Blackwell Forest Preserve.
Yellow rumped warbler at Blackwell Forest Preserve.
We also saw a blaze of fall colors:



Near the wetlands, we enjoyed the sounds of ducks and geese that were just beyond the cattails:


There are quite a few other trails to explore in Blackwell Forest Preserve plus plenty of space to just spread out and revel in nature. We were a bit tight on time but did spend a little time at the kame which is a mound of sand and gravel left by a melting ice sheet.


The kame is known for its biological richness. I am sure it is pretty interesting to watch it change with the seasons. I did enjoy peering at it under newly changed leaves. Blackwell has an interesting history including the discovery of a woolly mammoth in the preserve!

To know about Blackwell Forest Preserve:
  • Snow tubing: Snow tubing is available on Mount Hoy if the snow is over 3" on certain days. See website for more info.
  • Archery Range is available.
  • An off leash dog area is available.
  • Cantigny Park is nearby, so you can visit both in one day.
  • Camping is available in warmer months.
  • There is a Compass Course on Mount Hoy.
Exploring nature at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois

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