Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve
Blackberry Maples offers hiking, bird watching and wildlife observation in a variety of habitats. From the preserve’s entrance, there is a vista of a gently sloping prairie that transitions to a mature maple forest. There are pockets of high quality fens and sedge meadows in the clearings. Great Blue Herons have established a rookery here, with nests high in the treetops. On the forest floor, wildflowers abound in the spring and summer. The open prairie is in full bloom from July through September.
- Historic Sites
- Horseback Riding
- Nature Preserves
This 153-acre preserve is comprised of two acquisitions: 87 acres were purchased in 1991, and 66 acres were added in 2004. The preserve has been improved with a parking area, shelter, restroom, well, kiosk and mowed walking path.