Upgrades and Renovations at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve

Hidden Lake Forest Preserve is a treasured outdoor recreation destination. It’s home to two lakes, a river and more than 2 miles of trails.

Hidden Lake Forest Preserve is also one of the few places in DuPage County where you can hear spring peepers chirping in wooded ponds. It’s a great place to go kayaking, fishing, hiking or picnicking. Click here for more info.

Historic Bridge Refurbishment

A wrought-iron bowstring pony truss bridge built in the 1870s will be making a grand return to Eagle Lake at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve Downers Grove IL by the end of October. The tat isn’t the only bridge being replaced, but it does make the top of the list as the most notable relic of the park’s past. The most prestigious honor is a reconstructed aesthetically and structurally enhanced bridge that maintains its historic significance while standing up to the demands of modern traffic and maintenance vehicles. Using the most modern technologies, a team of engineering wizards is hard at work. Besides the obvious replacement of the old fashioned iron horse, there are many other exciting upgrades and renovations planned for the parks and trails this year.

Eagle Lake Trail Update

The historic bridge that provides access to Eagle Lake at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve Downers Grove IL will close for repairs starting Wednesday, June 8. Visitors will not be able to use the Eagle Lake Trail or Eagle Lake until the wrought-iron pony truss bridge is reinstalled near the end of the year.

The 390-acre Hidden Lake Forest Preserve is a great place to hike, fish, paddle, picnic or just relax. More than 2 miles of trails wind through the preserve, which is home to two lakes and a river. Hikers can drop a line at Round Meadow Lake and Eagle Lake and catch bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and green sunfish. You can also explore King’s Grove, a remnant woodland of red, white and bur oaks. Groups can reserve the 50-person shelter. More details are on the Picnicking page. A great place to also visit is Cantigny Park.

Round Meadow Lake Trail Update

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County are working together to build 3,200 feet of new trail to Hidden Lake Forest Preserve. This will not only improve access to the preserve but also help complete a segment of the East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail that parallels Route 53.

The preserve is home to two lakes: Round Meadow Lake and Eagle Lake, as well as a boardwalk bridge across the middle of Eagle Lake. It features more than 2 miles of trails, a boat launch, fishing, and picnic areas.

The trail to Round Meadow Lake begins at Big Meadow, a large meadow with views of the forest and surrounding peaks. The hike is easy and can be done in one day.

King’s Grove Update

A historic wrought-iron pony truss bridge will soon be back in place over Eagle Lake at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve near Downers Grove. It was lifted out in June and is being refurbished.

The update will include sandblasting, painting and other repairs to the historic bridge. Once completed, it will reopen to all visitors.

King’s Grove is a remnant woodland of Red, White, and Bur Oaks within Hidden Lake Forest Preserve. It’s a lovely place to stroll, picnic and hike.

Downers Grove is home to a charming downtown, perfectly-lined cutesy shops and leafy and serene avenues. The city is also known for the many Sears-Roebuck Catalog Homes, and its historic Downers Grove Museum.

The town is a wonderful spot for a day of sightseeing and shopping, and the Tivoli Theatre is a must-visit! If you’re looking for something a little bit different, head to Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant for a fantastic evening of chow and drinks. Browse next article.

 

 

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