Need to change the date for this hike to March 15th at 10:00am.
Visitors at the 256-acre Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale will find woodland groves, meadows, a fishing lake, wetlands and the meandering Spring Brook Creek. The extensive groves of stately oaks and maples are home to a host of spring wildflowers, including some endangered species. The wetlands support a variety of wildlife from great egrets to western chorus frogs.
Hikers, bicyclists and cross-country skiers can explore 2.5 miles of limestone trails, which loop around the lake and through the adjacent wetlands. This stretch provides an excellent opportunity to observe great egrets, great blue herons, a variety of swallows, and other native wildlife, including beavers and dragonflies.
The trail continues west through wetland and woodland before crossing Bloomingdale- Roselle Road via a pedestrian bridge. Here on the west side of Meacham Grove, a 0.5-mile looped path, which is designated solely for foot traffic, features spectacular spring displays of native trillium.
We will meet in the parking lot which is off of Circle Avenue. We will start out on our hike at 10am. Please allow enough time to arrive to the parking lot by 10am.
We will be hiking the Maple Lake trails which is 1.3 miles, then connect to hike a short distance on the Regional trail for a total of 1.2 miles. We will then continue onto the Meachum Grove trail for a distance of 0.5 miles.
Total distance on hike: 3 miles
Difficulty of Trail: Easy because we will be hiking on limestone trails.
Please dress for the winter weather because the hike will be held even if it is snowing.
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