Greenbelt Forest Preserve

Tucked into Lake County’s most urban area is this island of green at Greenbelt Forest Preserve. A surprising array of birds, wildflowers and landscapes are found here, and the amenities are clean, safe and well designed.


About Greenbelt Forest Preserve

Greenbelt sits atop the sub-continental divide, marked by Green Bay Road. Rain falling on the east side of Green Bay Road heads for the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but rain falling on the west side heads for the Gulf of Mexico.

This is a fairly open landscape of oak groves, wetlands and prairie. Like most natural areas in this region, Greenbelt has felt the effect of 150 years of settlement. We’re nursing it back to health with success. Once again you can find wildflowers such as shooting stars, blue-eyed grass and mayapples here.

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