Just under an hour and a half from the Chicago Loop lies Glacial Park, encompassing 3,400 acres of restored open space including prairie, wetlands, oak savanna, and delta kames. Over 400 of these acres are dedicated nature preserve and home to 40 state-endangered and threatened plant and animal species. Additionally, Glacial Park is ranked as one of the top five locations in the region to view migratory birds.
As McHenry County Conservation District’s most popular land holding, Glacial Park attracts over 64,000 annual visitors.
Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities from walking and birding to horseback riding and outdoor concerts near the visitor center. The Nippersink Creek runs through Glacial Park, providing excellent opportunities for canoeing and kayaking.