Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd.
Elburn, IL


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

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.

Preserve Map  Reserve Shelter #1  Reserve Shelter #3 *To reserve Shelter #2 (cabin), please call 630-232-1242.


  • Nature Preserves
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters
  • Winter Activities


The preserve was expanded in the 1980s by adding open fields to the north, where woodland and prairie restorations are underway.