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DeKalb County Forest Preserve
Afton Preserve

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Afton, DeKalb County's largest forest preserve (316 acres), acquired as a worn-out farm in 1973, was developed as a forest preserve during the 1970's and 1980's. Since 1988, about 212 acres have been converted back to native plant communities - prairies, wetlands and woodlands. The 104 acres not in native plant communities offer many park-like features: lots of mowed open green space, evergreen and hardwood tree landscapes, a playground, numerous benches, observation deck, several open-air shelters, one enclosed shelter, dozens of picnic table sites and a network of over 10 miles of hiking trails, including almost a mile of handicapped access trails. Cornell University's Ornithological Lab, a premier bird research center, recognizes Afton as a national "hot spot" for bird watching, with over 230 species of birds observed there since 2004.  The mix of prairie, trees, shrubs, wetlands, stream, pond, grasslands and open space has provided a great habitat for birds (and birdwatchers)

 

This 316-acre nature area offers:

    • A mix of prairie, trees, shrubs, wetlands, sream, pond, grasslands and open space

aerial view of Afton Forest Preserve