Danada Forest Preserve Trails

Lisle, Illinois

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The affluent suburb of Wheaton, Illinois, is riddled with more than fifty parks, including the rolling hills of Danada, a place flush with history. It was once home to Dan and Ada Rice, owners of the legendary thoroughbred stallion Lucky Debonair, best known for winning the Kentucky Derby in 1965 against heavy favorites Bold Lad, Dapper Dan, and hall-of-famer Tom Rolfe. The Rices have since established a popular equestrian center surrounded by a quiet forest preserve with woodlands, prairies, and lakes. On this short hike, you’ll explore the historic equestrian grounds, a dense hardwood forest, and the prairie-hemmed Rice Lake.

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"The affluent suburb of Wheaton, Illinois, is riddled with more than fifty parks, including the rolling hills of Danada, a place flush with history. It was once home to Dan and Ada Rice, owners of the legendary thoroughbred stallion Lucky Debonair, best known for winning the Kentucky Derby in 1965 against heavy favorites Bold Lad, Dapper Dan, and hall-of-famer Tom Rolfe. The Rices have since established a popular equestrian center surrounded by a quiet forest preserve with woodlands, prairies, and lakes. On this short hike, you’ll explore the historic equestrian grounds, a dense hardwood forest, and the prairie-hemmed Rice Lake."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Lisle
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Contacts: Danada County Forest Preserve
Local Maps: USGS: Wheaton, IL
Driving Directions: Directions to Danada Forest Preserve Trails

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May 2018