Springbrook Prairie

  • Accessibility & Access for All
  • Arts & Culture
  • Arts and Culture
  • Beach Access
  • Bike Share Dock
  • Biking
  • Biodiversity
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat Rentals Available
  • Boating
  • Bus Parking
  • Calumet Heritage Area
  • Camping
  • Canoe or Kayak Rentals Available
  • Canoeing
  • Children's programs
  • Climbing
  • Community Science
  • Concessions
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Education
  • Education Center
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Family-Friendly
  • Field Trips
  • Fishing
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • Free Programs
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Connectiom
  • Historical Connection
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Native Plants
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Paved Trails
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Prairie
  • Public Transit Access
  • Restrooms
  • Running
  • Scenic View
  • Scenic Views
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Teacher Resources
  • Tours
  • Trail Running
  • Walking
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife Viewing
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Springbrook Prairie hosts one of three regionally significant grassland bird communities in the state and home to meadowlarks, dickcissels, grasshopper sparrows, woodcocks and bobolinks as well as state-endangered northern harriers, short-eared owls, and Henslow’s sparrows. It offers some of the best displays of summertime blooms.

Enjoy off-leash fun with your four-legged friends at Springbrook Prairie’s fully fenced off-leash dog area, but you need to carry proof of a valid Forest Preserve District permit for each dog you bring.

Explore Springbrook Prairie on foot, bicycle, cross-country skis or horseback along 7 miles of trails, including the nationally designated Springbrook Prairie Regional Trail.

You can also explore 2 miles of narrow, mowed trails (no bicycles, though) on the east side of Plainfield/Naperville Road, but sections may close during key bird breeding seasons to protect critical nesting habitats.

In accordance with the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, bicycles, pets and horses must remain on the limestone trail within the nature preserve and land and water reserve areas.

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