Forest Faves: Meacham Grove

When ranger Sarah Rosenberg needs to reconnect with nature, she stops at Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale. She especially loves the excellent hiking trails at the 256-acre preserve, which features woodland groves, meadows, a fishing lake, wetlands and the meandering Spring Brook Creek. 

Rosenberg recommends visitors to Meacham Grove take advantage of the benches along the Maple Lake trail and stop and look out for wildlife, including great egrets, beavers, killdeer, great blue herons and western chorus frogs.

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Meacham Grove offers visitors something year-round: picnicking opportunities in the summer, spectacular fall colors in the autumn; and cross-country skiing in the winter. West of Bloomington Roselle Road, a 0.5-mile looped path — designated solely for foot traffic — features spectacular spring displays of native trillium. The extensive groves of stately oaks and maples are home to a host of spring wildflowers, including some endangered species. In the summer, Rosenberg suggests visitors go early in the morning for the best views and cooler weather.

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Visitors can also explore the adjacent 48-acre Meacham Grove Nature Preserve west of Maple Lake along the North Central DuPage Regional Trail. The nature preserve was dedicated in 2012 and is comprised of upland forest and intermittent streams west of Bloomingdale-Roselle Road. It supports thriving populations of rare native plants. 

In addition to its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, the forest preserve serves the community by collecting and filtering storm water overflow. When looking for a good spot to fish, anglers can stop by Maple Lake, a 32-acre fishing lake stocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and crappie.
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