2.5 Mile Weekend Walk - St. James Farm Forest Preserve - Warrenville

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.

Snack après-walk?

Interested in some Hiking Meetups? Try these, but note that some of these folks are "serious" hikers and cover ground at 3-4 miles per hour. 

http://www.meetup.com/Cook-and-DuPage-County-Trail-Blazers/

http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoHOS/

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-405/


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  • Barbara

    Ted,

    Here's a great website that gives you the history of the farm. http://www.dupageforest.com/Conservation/Forest_Preserves/St__James_Farm.aspx

    June 24

  • Ted U.

    Somewhat disappointing. True, it was to be a walk--but why not have made it a walk around the historic part of the farm coupled with remarks
    about various historic sites there? As it turned out, nobody learned anything about St. James Farm's history. Sad. Point is, walks do not have be just walks. Make them informative and educational, too.

    June 23

    • Julie

      This was billed as a 2.5 mile "walk." If you want history, join the Windy City Explorers.

      1 · June 23

    • Jim P Z

      (FYI - Ted is an old friend of mine, but a brand-new member of INDY50+ Meetup) Ted, See comments below by a walker who DIDN'T want to stop and learn facts about St. James Farm, just exercise. She was unhappy too! Thanks for the "constructive criticism," but you just can't please everyone or do everything. Hope to see you at another of our Meetup events.

      June 23

  • Annie t.

    how long we need take 2.5 mile walking ? 2 hours or 3 hours? because l have dinner appointment by 5 PM.

    June 22

    • Jim P Z

      Sorry, Annie. Didn't get your question early enough to reply. I was already at St. James Farm. We finished walking around 3. See you next time. -Jim

      June 22

    • Annie

      Jim thank you for your reply, Sorry miss this time, I will coming for next time working program.

      June 23

  • Amy R.

    This was my first time walking with this group. I enjoyed the walk and the opportunity to meet new people. I am looking forward to more outings.

    June 23

  • Bruce G

    Hi Jim I thought this was great I enjoyed the very nice people,beautiful weather...Thank you for all you do for us,Keep up the great work.Bruce

    1 · June 23

  • Linnea C.

    I had a great time, laughed & learned. Thanks for organizing the walk.

    June 22

  • Barbara

    I may have misunderstood the intent but this became a stroll and a tour of the site. I went thinking this was a walking exercise outing. We were discouraged from walking at a decent pace and told to stop and listen to an explanation of what we saw along the way. That may have been fine if this was billed as a visit to St. James Farm and not a 2.5 mile weekend walk.

    June 22

    • Jim P Z

      Barbara, As always for our walks, the Meetup description stated "Set your own pace." Not everyone can move at what you may consider a "decent pace," including me. Heavy rain on Saturday made trails I planned to cover impassible, so we had to modify the planned route creating more problems. Also as always, the Meetup listed other hiking Meetups that are designed more for exercise than for walking and chatting or observing. Of course, it's impossible to please everyone, but I'm sorry you were dissatisfied with the Meetup. -Jim

      1 · June 22

    • Barbara

      The farm was very nice nd so were all the people I met today. Thank you for arranging it. The alternate trails worked out fine.

      June 22

  • Eilene

    Wonderful day, beautiful weather and grounds, great group of people. Thank you Jim for organizing so many great outings & events.

    June 22

  • Nancy D.

    Very Nice

    June 22

  • Al

    Great people, Great Meetup. Thanks Jim!

    June 22

  • Mary Ann K.

    It was a beautiful day for a walk. Met some new people and enjoyed the conversations. Glad I came.

    June 22

  • Gail

    Things don't always go as planned, but we can make the best of it and still have fun. It keeps things interesting. ;) Always nice to get together with everyone and share some laughs.

    June 22

  • Kristine J

    Hi. Sorry I didn't make the walk. Was at the hospital for the birth of a baby and no email service. Born 4 weeks early....little girl and so cute!!

    June 22

  • Jim P Z

    Weather was perfect, though a little humid. Some of the better trails were too muddy because of big storms on Saturday, but we still covered 2+ miles and saw much of St. James Farm Forest Preserve.

    June 22

  • Julie

    Great! Friendly people. Jim is a super organizer!

    June 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather report looks like thunderstorms all afternoon. Staying home for this one.

    June 22

    • Jim P Z

      The weather report and radar I've seen says no rain - We'll see. Thanks for letting us know you won't be coming.

      June 22

  • Gene

    Yo Yo P Z I'm a Maybe

    June 21

  • Camille M.

    I live in Geneva. I love gardening, taking line dancing lessons, enjoy cooking would love to go to Tuscany to a cooking school. I have a big bucket list.

    June 18

  • Barbara

    Weather permitting, I'll be there.

    1 · June 15

  • Evette J.

    I sat at the statue until 12:40 and no one showed

    June 15

    • Jim P Z

      You have the wrong day - see you next Sunday, June 22nd. I hope the weather is as good.

      June 15

  • Sue

    My daughter baby Liam Christian that day

    June 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    this is a neat place, but I'll be in Colorado visiting my daughter.

    June 2

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