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DeKalb County Forest Preserve
Russell Woods

hiking  picnic   handicapp accessiblecrosscountry skiingplaying fieldfishingenclosed shelterplaygroundcanoeingopen air sheltersledding hillwatertoiletsNatural Resource Center

A forest preserve since 1942, the 126-acre Russell Woods has many valuable features. The Natural Resources Education Center houses the University of Illinois Extension Outdoor Education Programs that serve 5.000 children and adults every year on site and with classroom visits. The programs make good use of the surrounding forests, prairies and river. A diverse flora occurs in both the upland forest and the low wet woodland which is sixty feet down the bluff and across the river. The river itself is a prime fishing site, but is also so rich in other aquatic species, especially native freshwater mussels that this site is designated a "unique aquatic resource" by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Natural History Survey. The preserve has three enclosed shelters an open air shelter, a playground, a sledding hill, and 2 ½ miles of trails, including one that takes visitors to the adjoining Hoppe Heritage Farmstead and South Branch Prairie.


This 126-acre nature area offers: