McKinley Woods

McKinley Woods offers visitors access to trails, canoeing and kayaking on the DuPage and Des Plaines rivers, and camping.


About McKinley Woods

McKinley Woods protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland and a portion of the Des Plaines River. It features two access sites: Kerry Sheridan Grove and Fredrick’s Grove.

Kerry Sheridan Grove has a canoe/kayak launch on the DuPage River and features the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, which offers nature education opportunities for school groups and youth groups, public programs and facility rentals. Kerry Sheridan Grove offers access to shoreline fishing on the DuPage and Des Plaines Rivers and the I&M Canal.

Frederick’s Grove features 2.35 miles of natural surface trails, ideal for hiking/running. Frederick’s Grove features canoe/kayak launches on the Des Plaines River and I&M Canal. Frederick’s Grove also provides access to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ 61.5-mile, crushed limestone I&M Canal State Trail.

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