When people think of a state park, they often imagine significant or unique natural features that warrant the need to be protected for posterity. First-time visitors to James “Pate” Philip (formerly Tri-County) State Park may initially wonder what the area’s specific feature is. After all, the land is predominantly farmland that had been tilled and grazed for years.
This State Park connects to DuPage County’s Pratts Wayne Woods.
You can walk, jog, bike or cross-country ski on most trails, but in accordance with the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, bicycles and pets must stay on the trail that circles the land and water reserve.