Well maybe we won't hike... Maybe we'll just take a casual walk around McKee marsh and enjoy a morning out with friends. A pace that will allow us to talk and take in what the preserve has to offer. We'll only go as fast as our slowest members, so no one needs to feel intimidated about keeping up. Afterwards if the group decides, we can go someplace for coffee or a triple whipped creme latte . Don't know how many of us can get a Saturday morning free, but thought I'd give it a try.
We will meet in the parking lot just West of the Forest Preserve District Offices. It is on the North side of Mack Road, between Rt.59 and Windfield Road (closer to 59) and is across from the Off-Leash Dog Area.
INFORMATION ON BLACKWELL: More than 7 miles of turf and limestone trails make Blackwell a hiker's paradise. Multipurpose trails, including a 3.6-mile section of the Regional Trail, can be used by horseback riders, cyclists, hikers and cross-country skiers. A trail connection provides a convenient route from the Illinois Prairie Path to Blackwell's trail system. Blackwell's McKee Marsh area is the site of a 10-foot-wide interpretive trail that features two observation decks, a bird blind, and signs that describe the rich history and ecological significance of the marsh. Visitors hiking through Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville walk on land that the retreating Wisconsin Glacier shaped 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. In fact, the glacier’s meltwaters left behind much of the soil that covers DuPage County today. After the glacier’s retreat, savannas with widely spaced oak trees formed on the higher ground while the lower-lying ground became home to marsh and prairie plants.