The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
Ballou Road Access is one of three access areas to the preserve, with Butcher Lane Access and Forsythe Woods, both in Wilmington, serving as the other entry points.
Ballou Road Access features a fenced 9-acre, off-leash dog park, including a 3-acre enclosure exclusively for dogs under 35 pounds. A permit is required for dog park use.
Ballou Road Access offers two primitive campsites for family or group rental, with a permit capacity of six people per site. The campsites are on flat terrain in partial shade and provide access to fire pits and latrines. One campsite is on natural surface terrain and one is on a concrete pad and is ADA accessible.
Ballou Road Access features 0.67 mile of crushed limestone trail and access to the 22.29-mile, crushed limestone/paved Wauponsee Glacial Trail.