Raymond Street Forest Preserve

09N888 Raymond Street
Elgin, IL


A tunnel underneath the railroad tracks that connects the Fox River Trail and the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path is finally complete! 

The ecological features of this preserve include pockets of floodplain forest along Poplar Creek, including large cottonwood, ash, and silver maple trees. East of Raymond Street there is a cattail marsh that provides habitat for wetland wildlife.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead of the intersection of the Fox River Regional Bike Trail with the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path.


The original property was obtained from the Department of Conservation of the State of Illinois in 1987. The 13-acre parcel on the east side of the street was acquired in 2003.