Take a Winter Walk at a Nearby Forest Preserve

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Do you enjoy exploring the outdoors when there’s a nip in the air?

If so, take a stroll through a forest preserve featuring picturesque scenery during the most frigid time of year:

Baker’s Lake

Baker’s Lake is home to one of the most significant heron rookeries in the Midwest and is known as a birdwatcher’s paradise. The unpaved trails meander through a former agriculture field and restored prairie, and feature informative signs throughout. Visitors will spot an array of wildlife including northern harriers. These medium-sized raptors have long, broad wings, and fly low over the ground when hunting.

Black Partridge Woods

Featuring a unique ravine landscape, Black Partridge Woods allows visitors to test their navigational and hiking skills. The natural terrain can make the unmarked trails a little challenging, and animals spotted along the way may include American toads and red-headed woodpeckers. In 1965, Black Partridge Woods was designated as an Illinois Nature Preserve, becoming the second site to receive this designation.

Ned Brown Preserve

Also known as Busse Woods, the Ned Brown Preserve offers much to do from hiking to model airplane flying. It welcomes more than one million visitors every year, making it one of the best-used natural areas in the state. Hikers can explore the eight-mile Busse Woods Paved Trail which leads everyone through sunny meadows and along the lakeshore.

On the east side of the property, a herd of elk calls a seventeen-acre enclosed pasture home. The Forest Preserve District established the herd in 1925, and guests enjoy seeing these animals up-close.

In addition to these forest preserves, The Mil’ton is also near enticing restaurants and fascinating museums. If you would like to call our community home, please contact us to arrange a tour where you can see all we have to offer firsthand.

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