A Little Time and a Keyboard: Traversing Through Nature's Wonders at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst, IL

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Traversing Through Nature's Wonders at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst, IL

Traversing Through Nature's Wonders at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst, IL

Traversing Through Nature's Wonders at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst, IL

On our trip to Hastings Lake, we happened to spy McDonald Woods Forest Preserve in Lindenhurst. So, a visit was inevitable! During one of the cooler days this week, we hiked along McDonald Woods gently winding 3.8 mile trail traversing through grasslands and woodlands. McDonald Woods surprised us with its range and beauty. We paused a number of times on our hike to absorb the charms of nature at McDonald Woods.



Grasslands blend into forest at McDonald Woods Forest Preserve.
Grasslands blend into forest at McDonald Woods Forest Preserve.
We embarked on our journey through the grasslands. Along the way, I admired wildflowers. While the range of greens throughout the preserve are beautiful, nothing quite matches the delicate brilliance of wildflowers.

Brilliant crown vetch wildflowers.
Brilliant crown vetch wildflowers.
Soon, we began forest bathing. Winding through the forest provided us with magical shade. We enjoyed identifying birds. A catbird flew right in front of me and landed below the brush near the trail causing much delight!

Winding trails took us through the forest at McDonald Woods.
Winding trails took us through the forest.
We would eventually discover a break in the woods yielding to views of the preserve's lake. I did not expect the fabulous lake and wetland views at McDonald Woods. Each caused us to pause.

Peeking at the lake at McDonald Woods Forest Preserve.
Peeking at the lake at McDonald Woods Forest Preserve.
As you can see, we savored quite a spectacular day! Among our bird sightings, we counted quite a few sightings of Great Blue Herons! One is standing among the tall grasses below:

A Great Blue Heron stands among the wetland grasses at McDonald Woods.
A Great Blue Heron stands among the wetland grasses.
Overall, McDonald Woods was quite peaceful during our visit really allowing us to escape. The trails are easily navigable, making this preserve perfect for anyone. We look forward to returning to enjoy the blend of ecosystems at McDonald Woods and to see what else we discover!

Breathtaking wetland view at McDonald Woods!
Breathtaking wetland view at McDonald Woods!
Hiking, biking, fishing and cross-country skiing are all enjoyed at this preserve. Additionally, trails at McDonald Woods are part of the Millennium Trail. Plenty of nature experiences to enjoy!

Traversing Through Nature's Wonders at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst, IL

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