Timber Ridge

Timber Ridge

The 1,163-acre Timber Ridge Forest Preserve in West Chicago offers trails, fishing, picnicking and is home to Kline Creek Farm, the Forest Preserve District's 1890s living history farm. It is the trailhead for the Great Western Trail and Illinois Prairie Path.

 

Natural Scene

Timber Ridge consists of oak woodlands and savannas, restored and natural prairies, recreated wetlands and lakes. Spring Lake is one of only two natural lakes in the DuPage County Forest Preserve District and is not accessible by trails.

The preserve contains many other interesting natural features, including ephemeral ponds that are a haven for amphibians such as the northern leopard frog; rare and endangered plants; and colorful birds like scarlet tanagers and Baltimore orioles.

 

Driving Directions

The main entrance is on the west side of County Farm Road 1 mile south of North Avenue (Route 64). A second entrance is on Prince Crossing Road 0.3 mile north of Geneva Road.

Trails

Timber Ridge has 2 miles of trails for people on foot, bike, horseback or cross-country skis and is a trailhead for the Great Western Trail and Illinois Prairie Path. (Bikes and horses are not allowed withing the Kline Creek Farm farmstead, though.)

 

Picnicking

An open-air picnic area is near the Timber Ridge Visitor Center, which has drinking fountains and restrooms.

 

Fishing

Anglers can reach Timber Lake from the Kline Creek Farm parking lot on County Farm Road. A 0.5-mile crushed limestone footpath leads to the lake, which has largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie.

Anglers 16 or older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. Lake maps and regulations, including creel limits and minimum lengths, are on our Fishing page.

 

Kline Creek Farm

Kline Creek Farm offers educational programs including harvesting, canning, planting, maple sugaring and more. These programs are seasonal in nature and are available to school, youth and community groups. In the summer, the farm offers a unique, one-week day camp called Farmhands.

Kline Creek Farm is involved in a number of agricultural activities such as grain and hay production, raising livestock such as Percheron workhorses, Southdown sheep, Shorthorn and Angus cattle, and chickens.

Depending on the season, a variety of activities take place at the 1890s farmhouse kitchen garden, like planting, weeding and harvesting. The produce grown in the garden is processed or canned in the summer kitchen.

The house and summer kitchen are available for guided tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily when the farm is open Thursday through Monday. A self-guided tour brochure of Kline Creek Farm is available at the visitor center. 

 

History

Before settlement, the preserve consisted of prairie and scattered woodlands. Many wooded areas survived into the 20th century, while the rest of the preserve was used for agriculture. Several home sites dotted the landscape.

The District began acquiring the preserve began in the mid-1960s and continued every decade through the 2010s. 

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!
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