Monday, April 27, 2020

Surrounded by Nature at Heron Creek Forest Preserve in Lake Zurich, Illinois

Surrounded by Nature at Heron Creek Forest Preserve in Lake Zurich, Illinois

Surrounded by Nature at Heron Creek Forest Preserve in Lake Zurich, Illinois

**Always check trail conditions before heading out in case there are closings.

As nature awakens this spring, we have been enjoying wandering the trails of local preserves including Heron Creek Forest Preserve to observe changes throughout the season. Heron Creek Forest Preserve is a new forest preserve to us this year and we have been quite enjoying discovering subtle changes as spring brings more wildlife, leaves and blooms!


Blooming trees at Heron Creek Forest Preserve

Immediately upon our arrival this weekend, we discovered a tree in full bloom. As you can see, the sun was in full glory! While many fellow walkers joined us on a fantastic day, we felt entranced by nature on most of the trail.


Heron Creek Forest Preserve has about 2.5 miles of gravel trails and a creek system. You will cross the creek a couple of times. Since these crossings are picturesque, the bridges can be congested. You will encounter creek and wetlands several times giving you wonderful views.

Baby painted turtle on the move at Heron Creek Forest Preserve in Lake Zurich, Illinois
Baby painted turtle on the move at Heron Creek Forest Preserve.
Along with sensitive wetland environments, you may enjoy wetland wildlife. On our visits, we have enjoyed the chorus of frogs. During this most recent visit, we discovered a cute baby painted turtle providing a nice reminder to watch out for wildlife. We did stand by this little guy for awhile until he moved away from trail.
Nesting tree swallows and Heron Creek Forest Preserve during spring in Lake Zurich, Illinois
Nesting tree swallows and Heron Creek Forest Preserve.
Tree swallows sailed through the sky. They are nesting, so be mindful as you walk by nesting boxes. We paused a bit at a distance to enjoy the tree swallows flying about and going in and out of nesting boxes.

Trees cutting a contrast against blue skies at Heron Creek Forest Preserve
Trees cutting a contrast against blue skies.
We were surprised by how many birds we saw on our recent visit. On both of our visits we saw Eastern bluebirds which, of course, was a treat!

Picturesque creek views are natural treats at Heron Creek Forest Preserve
Picturesque creek views are natural treats!

The preserve is beautiful and has a nice length of trail. Easily navigable, the trail appeals to all nature lovers. I look forward to seeing how this preserve become more and more vibrant over the season.

Playground at Heron Creek Forest Preserve

For the kids, there is a large playground area currently closed due to COVID. However, this will be quite a treasure for parents once restrictions are lifted. Overall, we relished the natural surroundings of Heron Creek Forest Preserve and look forward to future walks!

Surrounded by Nature at Heron Creek Forest Preserve in Lake Zurich, Illinois

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