Danada Forest Preserve Hike

Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Danada Forest Preserve Hike

Danada Forest Preserve Hike Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Nestled in an unlikely spot between subdivisions and I-88, Danada Forest Preserve offers some terrific hiking through wide-open prairies and gently sloping savannas. Once a training ground for top racehorses, Danada still caters to equestrians with an array of programs.

Dogs must be on leash no longer than 10 feet. To learn about programs offered by the Danada Equestrian Center, call 630-668-6012 or visit danada.info"

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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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Trail Information

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Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–3 hours for both
Daily, 1 hour after sunrise–1 hour after sunset
Available at trail board at edge of parking lot and the website below; USGS Wheaton, IL
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