Zoo Woods

  • 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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At Zoo Woods, enjoy access to the Salt Creek Greenway Trail, a trip to the Brookfield Zoo, or teh Des Plaines River Trail system.

The 1.1-mile paved Salt Creek Greenway Trail follows part of the Des Plaines River, connecting preserves with the Cermak Family Aquatic Center and the Stony Ford Canoe Landing. A series of unpaved trail loops and segments wind through Bemis Woods South, allowing visitors to explore habitats on foot.

The Salt Creek Greenway Trail is made up of a series of paved trails winding through dedicated nature preserves, forest preserves, and local parks — all of which make for a pleasant stroll or a full day’s hike. As a migratory corridor for wildlife, the Salt Creek Greenway affords excellent opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing at places like Salt Creek Woods Nature Preserve and Bemis Woods. The trail system extends west from Bemis Woods into DuPage County, passing through forest preserves and parks as you continue north.

A 7.1-mile paved trail starts in Bemis Woods and continues east to Brookfield Woods, directly across from the Brookfield Zoo. At Bemis Woods, 26th Street Woods, and Plank Road Meadow, you can access the Salt Creek Water Trail, open for canoeing and kayaking. A series of unpaved nature trails wind through preserves along the paved Salt Creek Greenway Trail, allowing visitors to explore habitats on foot.

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