277 acres | 2.5 miles of trail
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Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset (Some sites are subject to Seasonal Closures or closures due to special circumstances).
1520 Crystal Lake Road, Cary
1900 Crystal Lake Road, Cary
Fel-Pro RRR is a example of protecting natural areas habitat while providing diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. Unlike any other site the Conservation District owns, Fel-Pro RRR in Cary offers visitors activities more commonly associated with park districts. A visitor can enjoy hiking, fishing and picnicking, plus sand volleyball, basketball, and disc golf. The one-mile paved, shaded trail that leads to most of the recreational amenities and is perfect for strollers and wheelchairs.
Visitors will also get lost in the beauty of the site which includes a gravel hill prairie, savanna, sedge meadow, fen, and several spring-fed lakes. A nature trail invites hikers through an oak savanna where columbine and bottlebrush grass have reestablished, over steep glacial hills to a rare dry hill prairie filled with dropseed, little bluestem and birdsfoot violet, then to a high-quality graminoid fen where goldenrod, swamp thistle, angelica, and fringed gentian flourish. Then over the wooden bridge to a large or smaller pond to cast a line for largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, or warmouth.
RRR: Rest, Relaxation and Recreation The Fel-Pro Company, an auto parts manufacturer bought the 220 acres of open land in the early 1970s. The company’s vision was to enrich the lives of their 2,800 employees and their families by providing a nature preserve, onsite recreation, and a children’s summer camp. Fel-Pro earned the Forbes Magazine’s honor as the fourth best American employer in 1998.
When Fel-Pro was sold in 1998, the eight family owners decided the camp-tract should remain as a legacy for everyone. They initiated a collaborative venture with The Nature Conservancy, Metropolitan Family Services, and McHenry County Conservation District as the primary landowner.
The Nature Conservancy managed the 130-acre portion up until 2005 which included a gravel hill prairie, savanna, sedge meadow, fen, and several spring-fed lakes. Metropolitan Family Services, and later the YMCA of McHenry County leased and operated a summer camp in the 90-acre recreational area up until 2010.