Abandon Cabin Fever at Naperville’s Forest Preserves

Springtime Forest Road

Groundhog Day is behind us and spring is on its way! With the promise of spring around the corner, it’s time to start planning outdoor activities and banish cabin fever. We recommend planning hiking, biking, boating, exploring, and picnicking at Naperville’s forest preserves.

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

Located in Wheaton, Illinois, the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve has a vast expanse of woodland to explore. A trail and two bridges surround a large, beautiful lake that offers fishing, boating, and nature-watching. Herrick Park also provides picnic tables, pavilions, and boat rentals!

A lap around the lake is about two miles, and additional trails cut through the preserve away from the lake.

Are you the fishing type? Herrick Lake allows fishing, but make sure to abide by Illinois and DuPage County fishing regulations.

Complete a day at Herrick Lake with a visit to Danada Square. Here, you’ll discover an array of restaurants, stores, and coffee shops where you can warm up and enjoy a treat.

Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve

It’s almost too beautiful to be true, but Springbrook Prairie offers trails where you can take your dog for a walk, or work on your cardio with a hike or a cycle. Springbrook has a smaller body of water than Herrick Lake, but you can still admire it from a beautiful iron bridge.

Springbrook’s main feature is a vast field surrounded by trees. In spring and summer, Springbrook is covered in flowers and provides the perfect place to picnic with friends and family.

This Naperville preserve is also home to many local birds. If you’re a bird watcher or have an interest in nature, Springbrook is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Greene Valley Forest Preserve

Well-maintained and located in Naperville, Greene Valley is another beautiful landscape with walking and hiking trails. It’s dog-friendly and an exciting place to explore if you’re new to the area. Unlike Springbrook, you can camp in Greene Valley as well as host a picnic!

If the winter cold doesn’t bother you, Greene Valley also allows cross-country skiing.

For those who are new to the area, own a dog, and are looking to make friends, Greene Valley also has a dog park. Please be aware that you will need a license to access this facility.


Naperville’s forest preserves are havens for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. If you’d like to learn more about living in Naperville, please contact us. We’re sure you’ll love living in the vibrant community at Brookdale on the Park.

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