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Heron Creek

Here you'll find valuable natural resources and sensitive wetlands in a country-like setting.

The preserve features a rolling landscape of scenic woodlands and wide open fields. The Indian Creek basin, which flows through the site, is an Advanced Identification Wetland (ADID), the highest wetland classification in Lake County. It offers exceptional wildlife habitat and plant communities including a sedge meadow.

Visitors can explore 2.3 miles of gravel trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. Heron Creek offers parking, two picnic shelters, toilets, drinking fountains and interpretive signage.

An innovative playground provides a colorful series of tunnels, slides, ladders, bridges, decks and swings for children to climb and explore. The playground has two separate areas, one for children ages 2–5, and one for children ages 5–12. Much of the playground is ramped for handicapped accessibility. There is also a sand pit for children to dig in and create sculptures, and lookout stations with views into the woods.

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Heron Creek Forest Preserve is located on the southwest corner of Route 22 and Old McHenry Road in Long Grove. The site is directly adjacent to the Reed Turner Nature Preserve, which is owned by the Long Grove Park District.


The entrance to the preserve is on Old McHenry Road, south of Route 22. [View on Google Maps]


The Natural Scene

More than 116 species of birds appear here, including a resident population of waterfowl and herons. Six state endangered bird species, black tern, black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, osprey, Forster’s tern, and three state threatened bird species, brown creeper, pied-billed grebe and red-shouldered hawk have been found in the area.


Preserve News

2015 Picnic Shelter Reservations Now Open
ALERT: Trail Closures
Preserve safety tips