McCormick Woods Trail

Planning Project

St. James Farm: McCormick Woods Trail

(Completed fall 2018) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will construct a multi-use trail through McCormick Woods at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville. It will connect the existing trail system around the equestrian facilities to the bridge over Spring Brook and an existing service drive. This project will consist of constructing 2,350 lineal feet of multi-use path through the McCormick Woods portion of the property and 1,300 lineal feet of path through a former agricultural field that is being restored to prairie.

The project has been split into two separate phases. The first phase includes tree removal along the route of the proposed path in March 2017. The second phase includes path construction in summer 2018. 

 

Funding

The project is funded through a combination of non-referendum bond funds and yearly appropriated construction and development funds.

 

History

St. James Farm Preserve was once a private estate.    

Today the forest preserve features more than 100 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands that are home to over 300 native plant and animal species. Agricultural fields border these ecosystems on the north and south.

A 2.3-mile section of Spring Brook — a tributary of the West Branch DuPage River — was restored in 2015. The creek now connects to the surrounding floodplain and newly created wetlands. A pedestrian brigs over the waterway was also constructed along the trail for visitor travel.