Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop

Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop Professional Guide

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"You may be surprised to find this much natural beauty just 20 miles from the Loop. Nearly this entire hike accompanies Salt Creek as it meanders next to a bluff and winds around a couple of islands on its way to the historic watermill at the south tip of the park.

Nestled against the communities of Hinsdale, La Grange, and Oak Brook, the 222 acres of Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve have been a popular spot since they opened to the public in 1920. While visitors have always been drawn to the creek and its environs, more recently the historic mill and Nature Education Center have served as added attractions."

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"Fullersburg Woods is undoubtedly western Chicagoland’s best kept secret. Hidden in the village of Oak Brook along the banks of Salt Creek, these 222 acres could be the most romantically rustic place you’ll ever find in a metropolitan suburb, especially in the fall when Salt Creek is lined with leafy towers of red, orange, and gold. Fullersburg also houses a well-loved and well-maintained visitor center built in the 1930s by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), complete with educational programs, interactive exhibits, and a naturalist library. And just a few miles down the gentle trail—after crossing handsome, historic CCC bridges over Salt Creek—you’ll pass Graue Mill, a spooky nineteenth-century gristmill- turned-museum that was once part of the Underground Railroad."

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Loop Trip Reports

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This 2.5 mile multipurpose wooded trail runs along the Salt Creek much of the way. It meanders with a nice variety of short up and down slopes. The path is firmly packed with good footing nearly all of the way around, but there are a few patches of loose dirt or gravel. I ran this course twice. The first time I was carrying the map to avoid making a wrong turn where it meets other paths. The second time around I was able to put the map away entirely, familiar with the route.

I enjoy running or bicycling pretty much all trails I visit and this was no exception. I would recommend it for anyone interested. There were benches scattered throughout and the main restroom facility was better than I expected. I saw several white herons while I was there. Stop in at the Visitors Center and see the Woolly Mammoth skeleton.

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Trail Information

Oak Brook
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Trails open daily, 1 hour after sunrise–1 hour after sunset; Nature Education Center open daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except major holidays. Trail access is free, but Graue Mill and Museum charges admission; call 630-655-2090 or visit grauemill.org for more information.
Available outside the Nature Education Center and at the website USGS Hinsdale, IL
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