white oak Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

Blackberry Township

41W600 Hughes Rd.
Elburn, IL

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Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve is a heavily wooded, classic example of a stratified gravel hill, known as a "kame". The kame was deposited by glacial ice and water some 10,000 years ago. This is a prominent feature on our mid-county landscape, rising 50 feet above the surrounding tributaries of Blackberry Creek and the glacial outwash plain.
Much of the woods here is of nature-preserve quality and there is a serenity in the deep woods that offers a special "get away from it all" feeling for those wanting a quiet walk in the woods. Outside the woods is an open sledding hill, a five-acre mowed recreational area, and a cabin on the edge, which is used for small gatherings.
The preserve was expanded in the 1980s by adding open fields to the north, where woodland and prairie restorations are underway.
Johnson's Mound is located on Hughes Road, approximately 1 mile west of Fabyan Parkway. This site is a hill rising some 200 feet above the rolling prairie around it.

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