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Afton Preserve

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 Forest Preserve as a “National hot spot” for bird watching, with over 245 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).

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 316-acre nature area
  • A mix of prairie, trees, shrubs, wetlands, stream, pond, grasslands and open space
  • Handicap Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking / Fishing
  • Historic Area
  • Open Play Fields
  • Picnic Areas / Playground
  • Enhanced Shelters
  • Open Air Shelters
  • Restrooms / Water

Forest Preserve Maps

 

 

Afton Forest Preserve

13600 Crego Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-895-7191

Afton Forest Preserve

13600 Crego Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-895-7191

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 Forest Preserve as a “National hot spot” for bird watching, with over 245 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).

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 316-acre nature area
  • A mix of prairie, trees, shrubs, wetlands, stream, pond, grasslands and open space
  • Handicap Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking / Fishing
  • Historic Area
  • Open Play Fields
  • Picnic Areas / Playground
  • Enhanced Shelters
  • Open Air Shelters
  • Restrooms / Water

Forest Preserve Maps

 

 

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