Campton Forest Preserve

4N379 Town Hall Rd.
St. Charles, IL


One of the District’s earliest prairie recreation projects began on cropland here in 1986. Bringing health back to the land has benefited many kinds of wildlife, from amphibians to birds and mammals. Volunteers continue to support the District’s habitat restoration at Campton Forest Preserve. Because of the devastation of the Emerald Ash Borer, much effort has been put into restoring the woodland here.

The trails at Campton Forest Preserve are multi-use, natural surface, mowed-grass paths shared with runners, bicyclists, dog walkers, birdwatchers and horse riders. Equestrian use is permitted here and there is a trailer parking area. There is a picnic shelter, ample parking and restrooms. Campton Forest Preserve is also home to to the District's Trades Division. In winter months, snowmobiling is permitted here on internal, marked trails.

This preserve includes a horseback riding area. Most horse trails are natural surface, mowed-grass paths. Limestone screenings trails and asphalt bike trails are available in some of the preserves. These are multi-use trails shared with runners, bicyclists, dog walkers etc. Horse riders are required to stay on designated, forest preserve-maintained trails. Trail riding is not allowed in restricted natural areas, Illinois Nature Preserves, picnic areas or in farmed areas. To prevent trail damage during wet weather, trails may be temporarily closed. Individual forest preserves will post a sign at the entrance when horse trails are closed.  Trails are currently CLOSED for equestrian use at this preserve.

Preserve Map Horseback Riding Area  Reserve Shelter #1


  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters
  • Snowmobiling
  • Winter Activities


The landscape dips and rises at Campton Forest Preserve, with wooded hilltops affording lovely views, and a mix of marsh and prairie in the low areas. The preserve is undergoing constant land additions, having begun in 1972 with 166 acres, followed by acquisitions of 95 acres. In 1976, another 18 acres were added. An additional 26 acres were acquired in 1979. Additional acres were further added in 1994 and 2010.