Road construction closure
From July 15–24, Cuba Road will be closed west of the railroad tracks and the preserve's main entrance will be accessible only from the east (Ela Road). To access the preserve from the west, use Route 22, or from the southwest use Barrington's Citizens Park off of Lake Zurich Road.
It would be hard to find a prettier blend of marsh, woodland and grassland in Lake County than that found here.
Three miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing take visitors through open areas of gently rolling hills that feature views of the marsh and scattered groves.
A 0.9-mile gravel trail winds from the southern loop of the main trail through the southwest corner of the preserve to Barrington's Citizens Park. This trail segment includes a boardwalk and a 50-foot-long timber bridge. An anonymous donor contributed $100,000 toward the cost of the bridge as a memorial to Keith Peterson, a former Lake County Forest Preserve Board member (District 5; 1972–76), and devoted naturalist and outdoorsman.
Habitat Improvements Underway
The water level will remain lowered in order to perform maintenance on the marsh’s water control structure. Repairs to this structure will allow our ecologists to restore and manage habitat for wetland birds, many of which are listed as threatened or endangered in the state of Illinois, such as the American bittern, common moorhen, king rail, pied-billed grebe, and least bittern. During construction, the preserve will remain open. Visitors may notice lower water levels in the marsh and mud flats along the shoreline. This is a temporary phase as cattails and other wetland plants become reestablished.