Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed holidays.
Oak Brook, IL
6 Miles
Drinking Water

Fullersburg Woods

Fullersburg Woods opened to the public in 1920 and has a rich history. In the 1930s, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was built here, and the visitor center and several of the shelters stand as remnants of that period. In subsequent years, the preserve was so heavily used that in 1969 picnicking was restricted, and boating was prohibited because sewage discharges and water runoff from surrounding communities polluted Salt Creek.

It was this time that Fullersburg’s revival began. Dedicated to multiple-use land management, the District implemented plans to restore and preserve the natural surroundings, improve flood control, and provide environmental education. As a result, the creek's water quality has improved, trees and other plant communities are thriving, and a restored prairie adds to the preserve's diversity. Today, Fullersburg Woods is a prime wildlife haven in an urban environment, hosting a variety of woodland wildlife, nesting songbirds, and spring and fall migratory birds, especially warblers.


Educational Programs

Fullersburg Woods offers a variety of on-going, seasonal, and specialized education programs for schools, youth groups, and families. Seasonal programs for all age groups include tapping maple trees for sap, identifying spring wildflowers, and tracking wildlife. The preserve offers programming that meets state-curriculum standards to promote nature education in the classroom.

Nature Education Center

The center promotes an understanding of humankind’s impact on natural ecosystems and the environment – on the local level and globally. Guests can explore the world of Salt Creek and its inhabitants, discover how to recognize resident bird species, study wild animal tracks, examine the reconstructed remains of a 13,000-year-old woolly mammoth and much more.

Interpretive Trail

Taking a self-guided tour of this 1.3 mile trail through lowland woods and restored prairies by foot, bicycle or cross-country skis is a good way to learn about DuPage County's natural history. Most of the trail follows Salt Creek, providing visitors with the chance to see local flora and fauna.

Trail to Graue Mill

The half-mile walk along the banks of Salt Creek leads to the Graue Mill and Museum. Over a century ago, Frederick Graue put the waters of Salt Creek to work for him in a milling operation. Today, this National Historic Landmark allows visitors to see the mill operate as it did in Graue's day. For information about field trips, programs or admission fees, visit grauemill.org or call (630) 655-2090.

Built in 1859, the Frederick Graue House is an example of early Victorian Italianate architecture. A $1-million restoration project has renovated the building and grounds. Three large rooms and a service area are available on a rental basis. For information, call (630) 920-9720.



Anglers will enjoy spending the day at Salt Creek, which features largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, northern pike and walleye. All anglers 16 and older (except legally disabled persons) are required to have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession and must follow District and state regulations.


When not in use by school or other groups, a picnic area and non-reservable shelter are available just west of the parking lot. Several smaller picnic shelters are located along the trail. Campfires, charcoal grills and alcohol are prohibited.


The Wildflower Trail – starting near the visitor center and traveling through the woods and restored prairie -- showcases many native species of wildflowers. Miles of multipurpose trails are open to bicyclers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, hikers and dog walkers.


The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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