Freeman Kame - Meagher Forest Preserve

40W346 Freeman Rd.
Gilberts, IL


The Freeman Kame-Meagher Farm is some of Kane County's most picturesque topography situated on the northern flank of the kettle-moraine complex north of Gilberts. Here we have the wet kettle pockets defined by the wooded kames and numerous hills and drumlins that create a panorama of habitats ranging from the spectacular to the cozy secluded nooks. This region holds the potential for a very large forest preserve of exceptionally attractive lands.

Freeman Kame is now our highest risk natural area and from "Wild Plants and Natural Areas," "....40 acres of this exceptional mix of habitats that now provides a very valuable window to our past and a link to the protection of a host of wildlife forms. The quiet splendor and richness of this place transcends description, and it is a humbling experience to witness this interesting native pageant."

Freeman Kame is located on Freeman Road. Meagher is located between Powers Road and Freeman Road.

This preserve includes a model aircraft field. Please note, while model aircraft and/or drones are permitted in the specific area referenced, they are not allowed outside of this area. The only other preserve locations where model aircraft and/or drones are permitted in the Kane County forest preserves are sections of Aurora West Forest Preserve and Hampshire Forest Preserve.

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

Freeman Kame-Meagher Forest Preserve: Shelter #1


  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Model Aircraft Fields