Zoo Woods

At Zoo Woods in Brookfield, enjoy a quiet picnic with your family in the woodland shores of the Des Plaines River.


About Zoo Woods

At Zoo Woods, enjoy access to the Salt Creek Greenway Trail, a trip to the Brookfield Zoo, or the 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.

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