One of the oldest forest preserves in DuPage County, Maple Grove is the largest remaining remnant of the vast maple forest that became Downers Grove. Because less than 0.5 percent of Illinois’ natural areas are intact today, Maple Grove is both a rare historic forest and a valuable natural area. The preserve is categorized as a “globally endangered ecosystem” by ecologists.
The preserve’s remnant black maple savanna and upland maple forest communities host hundreds of plant species, some of which are threatened or endangered. Spring is an especially wonderful time at Maple Grove, with carpets of trillium, buttercups and wild geraniums blooming throughout the forest. In fall, the preserve’s woodlands put on a spectacular color show, and are home to a variety of birds, from indigo buntings to great horned owls. The preserve is also a migratory bird stopover.
Directions to the Maple Grove entrance: The main entrance is on the north side of Maple Avenue 2 miles east of Belmont Road and 1 mile west of Dunham Road. A second entrance is on Gilbert Avenue between Belmont Road and Main Street (Downers Grove).
We will meet in the parking lot and start the hike promptly at 10am. So please plan to arrive by 10am or a little earlier.
Length of trails is: 1 mile so it will give plenty of time to see the forest and wild life around us as we hike.
Since the hike is short if anyone wants to introduce hiking to your children; this would be a nice opportunity.
**** If you need to text or call me because you are running late or you just want to make a suggestion for a future hike. Please feel free to call me at 630-215-6427 ********