Accessible and Stroller Friendly Sites
Did you know that all picnic shelters, restrooms and hand water pumps in conservation sites are on paved surfaces? If you are looking for a short trek that accommodates wheelchairs and strollers, check out these sites:
Fell-Pro RRR in Cary offers a paved 1.2 mile looped hard surface path that includes a picnic pavilion and restrooms.
The Hollows in Cary has a handicap accessible fishing pier a short distance off the parking lot that extends out for an overlook of the 22-acre Lake Atwood.
Brookdale's Paulsen Road Access (in Woodstock) offers a picnic shelter, restrooms, and water pump that overlooks an 11-acre pond. A short tree-lined trail (150 yards) winds around the lake to a fishing bridge. This site is perfect for a picnic and a short stroll outdoors. Ducks, geese, turtles and herons can often be seen along the shorelines.
Fox Bluff in Cary offers a short .25 mile, tree-lined trail where a picnic table awaits you at the end to enjoy a quiet lunch along the banks of the Fox River.
The Prairie Trail
The Prairie Trail is paved for 17 miles from Ringwood south through Algonquin. Park at the Hillside Road Access lot in Crystal Lake just west of Terra Cotta Road and travel north to enjoy views of the prairie on either side; or park in Peterson Park, south of McCullom Lake Road in McHenry and travel north or south.
Ridgefield Trace offers 7.5 miles of paved surface from Lake Ave. in Woodstock to Walkup Ave. in Crystal Lake.
Lake in the Hills Fen
Lake in the Hills Fen in Lake in the Hills offers a picnic shelter, restrooms and scenic vistas. Paved surfaces extend from the parking lot approximately 300 yards in three directions allowing for different vantage points overlooking prairie, sedge meadows and wetlands.