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Illinois: Half Day and Wright Woods Forest Preserves
Posted on Thursday, June 08 @ 08:14:29 MST by iljiana

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails vlado writes "The entrance and parking area are located on Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue), south of Route 60 (Townline Road) and just north of Route 22 (Half Day Road).
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Lake County

Half Day and Wright Woods Forest Preserves are peaceful oases among the bustling suburbs. These quiet preserves are linked by a footbridge spanning the Des Plaines River. Their combined 528 acres offer some of southern Lake County's most scenic outdoor recreation opportunities. Facilities at Half Day are designed for gatherings both large and small, while those at the more fragile Wright Woods are best-suited for small groups.

The Des Plaines River Trail passes through both Preserves. Its gravel base is perfect for hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. Half Day has other trails that branch off the Des Plaines River Trail and are open to hikers, bicyclists and cross-country skiers.

Half Day provides the opportunity to see the powerful impacts of water and fire. Prior to settlement by the Europeans, wildfires regularly swept eastward across Lake County, and were frequently stopped by the Des Plaines River. As a result, Half Day supports the oaks and prairie plants that thrived under fire's influence. Though many natural areas at Half Day were degraded by farming, some survived and others are being restored.

In spring, the bridge between Half Day and Wright Woods is a popular place to spot migrating songbirds like the yellow-throated warbler or Baltimore oriole. Later in the summer, look for nesting field birds in the restored prairie. Eastern bluebirds, tree swallows and red-tailed hawks are commonly seen here. For more information:(847) 367-6640"

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