The 612-acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville contains over 100 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands, which are home to over 300 native plant species and wildlife like great blue herons, red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, coyotes, fox squirrels and white-tailed deer.
Three mowed-grass trails lead hikers, bikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers through the preserve’s natural areas. Interpretive signs along tree-lined promenades called “allées” relate the history of the estate.
Mowed-grass and crushed stone trails. We'll cover about 2.5 miles. Set your own pace. Leashed dogs welcome. No Meetup charge. MAP
You can see the farm and hear about its history in this YOUTUBE VIDEO.
The entrance to St. James Forest Preserve is on the east side of Winfield Road just north of Butterfield Road. Look for the sign. Meet at 12:30 pm at the horse statue next to the parking lot.
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