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LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W370 Dean St.
St. Charles, IL 60175
Nature Preserve: Birding, Hike, Picnic, Walk
The variety of natural habitats, the long family history and proximity to St. Charles population center make this site a popular destination for passive and active recreation. Contained in the preserve is a true prairie relic (the Murray prairie), prairie restorations (including the Bob Horlock area), meandering Ferson Creek, flood plain forests, seeps, oak woodlands and grassy fields. Also, the only native colony of Speckled Alder is growing here along Ferson Creek. Seed of prairie plants has been sown across approximately 40 acres of old fields, both north and south of Dean Street. The site itself is varied and beautiful, with over 130 feet of elevation difference from the crest in the center of the property to Ferson Creek. The creek flows year round and is a major attraction for wading and water play. Further, LeRoy Oakes serves as the trail head for the Great Western Trail. The Great Western Trail connects to the Mid-County trail that winds through LeRoy Oakes before heading north along Randall Road.