The main entrance is on the north side of Douglas Avenue 0.25 mile north of W. Jefferson Avenue.
The preserve is open one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Dogs are allowed at the forest preserve but must be on leashes under 10 feet long. Alcohol is prohibited. Read our complete rules and regulations.
Things To Do
Wildlife from red foxes to American toads and ebony jewelwings call Burlington Park home as do state and regionally rare species such as the brown creeper, American redstart, chimney swift, ovenbird, and willow flycatcher. Great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, red-bellied woodpeckers, and other birds breed here, and the river provides food and shelter for northern clearwater crayfish, giant floater mussels, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and nongame fish such as central stonerollers, stonecats, and shorthead redhorses.
The Forest Preserve District acquired Burlington Park in 1922. During the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the District employed landscape architect Chance Hill to oversee the landscape designs of nearly a dozen preserves, including Burlington Park.