Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve

719 Batavia Ave
Geneva, IL


  • Bike & Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters


Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve runs along the Fox River and is located south of Illinois Route 38, at the intersection of South 1st Street and South 3rd Street, in Geneva. The preserve includes a picnic shelter, a large field for games and a restroom facility. 

This forest preserve was named for Gunnar Anderson, the first employee of the Forest Preserve District. Hired in 1927, he remained with the District until his passing in 1993. 

This 20 acre parcel of property was acquired in 1972 from Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. If you follow the foot path into the woods on the western edge of the property, you'll see the Sacred Heart Grotto that remains. Volunteers from the local Knights of Columbus maintain the grotto. 

Kane County Government headquarters is located in the building complex, adjacent to the preserve.