(Aug. 16, 2017) — Beginning this week, bulldozers, excavators, cranes and semi-trucks are onsite at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve
in Naperville as part of the entrance bridge replacement project. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is asking visitors to avoid the main entrance, parking lot and a section of the West Branch DuPage River Regional Trail, which are closed for the next six months for the project.
During construction, visitors can reach McDowell Grove via turf and limestone trails from the east, south and north and fish on Mud Lake and along the West Branch DuPage River away from the work site, but hikers and bikers who want to cross the preserve via the West Branch DuPage River Trail need to take a 6.8-mile detour
through Naperville. From the north end of McDowell Grove, the detour goes west along Ferry Road, southwest on the Illinois Prairie Path-Aurora Branch, and then along Fairway Drive, Campbell Drive and Bruce Lane to Brookdale Road, where it crosses Raymond Drive and reconnects with the West Branch DuPage River Trail near Fawell Dam.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200
or visit dupageforest.org
, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter