A Little Time and a Keyboard: Winter Rambling Through a Tranquil Landscape at Elgin's Burnidge Forest Preserve

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Winter Rambling Through a Tranquil Landscape at Elgin's Burnidge Forest Preserve

Winter Rambling Through a Tranquil Landscape at Elgin's Burnidge Forest Preserve

Winter Rambling Through a Tranquil Landscape at Elgin's Burnidge Forest Preserve

Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin, Illinois treats hikers to 9 miles of trails within one of the largest forest preserves of the Kane County Forest Preserve system. The preserve contains horse riding trails and abuts on the seasonal Paul Wolff Campground. Upon embarking on our snow hiking adventure, we immediately delighted in the rolling trails of the landscape. Of course, sapphire blue skies and the brilliant winter sun added to the adventure.

Sapphire Skies, Brilliant Sun and a Carpet of Glistening Snow Beckoned Us

Many happy hikers and cross country skiers have enjoyed Burnidge!
Many happy hikers and cross country skiers have enjoyed Burnidge!

The appearance of many happy hiking feet trails showed us how many nature enthusiasts love Burnidge Forest Preserve. Of course, we were thrilled with the combination between plenty of paths staked out before us and groomed trails which made hiking easier. A number of cross country skiers passed by us on our adventure. Additionally, a variety of pups enjoyed their best days ever alongside their human buddies.

A Little Unexpected Cheer from a Snowman

A snowman greets us at Burnidge!
A snowman greets us at Burnidge!

While wandering, we encountered a fun snowman on the trail! We have certainly had no shortage of snow this winter. Seeing this guy was a delight!

Hiking up a hill at Burnridge Forest Preserve.
Hiking up a hill at Burnridge Forest Preserve. 

Traversing the preserve, we encountered prairie and hilly woodlands. We enjoyed hiking up and down the rolling landscape. While hiking, we took advantage of views of beautiful vistas and the sculpted landscape. 

Sculpted landscape adds an extra level of wonder at Burnidge Forest Preserve in Kane County, Illinois
Sculpted landscape adds an extra level of wonder.

Easy to Spot Animal Tracks

Throughout the preserve, we discovered animal tracks and relatively untouched snow. We noted tracks from rabbits, deer and squirrels. Of all of the preserves we have visited this year, Burnidge has had the best  tracks -- so far!

Sweet rabbit tracks in fresh snow at Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin, Illinois
Sweet rabbit tracks in fresh snow.

We truly marveled at the natural wonders at Burnidge. The mix of prairie and oak woodlands, hills and flat meanders provided us with a varied hiking experience. Burnidge also has a few ponds and is crossed by Tyler Creek and fishing is available. We look forward to visit in warmer seasons to see the preserve in a different light.

The brilliant winter sun awes over snow covered Burnidge Forest Preserve.
The brilliant winter sun awes over snow covered Burnidge Forest Preserve.

We immediately fell in love with Burnidge Forest Preserve. The rolling landscape of the woodlands contrasted with the flatter prairie intrigues me with the prospect of various nature tableaux throughout the year. Burnidge Forest Preserve presents a spectacular spot for nature adventures all year round.


Winter Rambling Through a Tranquil Landscape at Elgin, Illinois's Burnidge Forest Preserve


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