Hickory Grove Highlands and Lyons Prairie & Marsh

401 + 411 acres | 3.5 miles of trails

Site Hours
Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset (Some sites are subject to Seasonal Closures or closures due to special circumstances).

Hickory Grove Highlands

500 Hickory Nut Grove Road (South side of the street), Cary

Hickory Grove Riverfront
500 Hickory Nut Grove Road (North side of the street), Cary

Lyons Prairie and Marsh
7000 S Hickory Nut Grove Road, Cary


This site is so large that it is actually broken down into three smaller sites (Hickory Grove Highlands, Hickory Grove Riverfront and Lyons Prairie & Marsh). It offers an unusual diversity of habitats and is home to an Illinois State Nature Preserve. 

Hickory Grove Highlands
Hickory Grove Highlands serves as a refuge for northern Illinois wildlife, and provides visitors with opportunities for hiking and horseback riding through beautiful woodlands. Highlands also features interpretive trail signs, two picnic shelters, and a picnic grove. A section of trail is solar lit for part of the year so visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing or hiking in the evening. 

Hickory Grove Riverfront
Riverfront provides anglers the opportunity to bank-fish along the Fox River. A short trail loop, picnic shelter, and group camping area are also available. 

Lyons Prairie and Marsh
Lyons Prairie & Marsh has the distinction of being named as an Illinois State Nature Preserve. Besides providing stunning views, Lyons Prairie and Marsh also offers opportunities for horseback riders and cross-country skiers, as well as anglers who can fish the small 2.5 acre pond.