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With Buffalo Park Forest Preserve to the north and Fox River Shores Forest Preserve to the south, the acquisition created a 3.5-mile stretch of open space along the Fox River. Along with forest preserves on the east side of the river, it provides over 1,000 acres of contiguous open space.


Carpentersville Dam is next, and if you are canoeing or kayaking, you’ll need to portage around to the other side. Tis is most easily done to the right, near the gazebo. On your way, check out some of the dam’s history on the interpretive signage installed there.


In Elgin, the Fox River Trail takes us through Voyageurs Landing Forest Preserve. Tere, you’ll find plenty of scenic spots for a picnic, and places to fish and enjoy views of the river, throughout the length of the preserve. Te nearby Tyler Creek Trail connects to the Fox River Trail, and runs under the I-90 bridge to the east side of the river.


by Laurie Metanchuk Kane County Forest Preserve District


Making our way further south is Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin. Tis interesting forest preserve complex, located at a crook in the river, is a beautiful stretch of river and valley. Tis preserve is connected to Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve in Saint Charles by a bike bridge over the Fox River, part of the Fox River Trail. Just past the bridge to the east, you’ll find the hub of the District’s environmental education – Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center.


Traveling south, we reach Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, and probably the most culturally significant forest preserve property along both sides of the Fox River. On the east side of the river at Fabyan Forest Preserve is one of the most-visited sites in the District, the Fabyan Windmill.


Moving on from Fabyan, the river takes us south to two Batavia forest preserves and the end of our travelogue: Glenwood Park Forest Preserve and Les Arends Forest Preserve. Both of these preserves have a special focus on the river and the trail. Tey are situated just below an old broken dam, which creates a series of rapids and riffles. Tey are great spots for fishing and bird watching. On both sides of the river are outcroppings of the Niagaran dolomite bedrock, which adds a special, picturesque charm to the landscape. In winter, snowmobiling is permitted along the Batavia branch of the Illinois Prairie Path, from Glenwood Park Forest Preserve. For more information on any of the Kane County forest preserves, amenities or trail maps, visit kaneforest.com. Kane County forest preserves are open 365 days, sunrise to sunset.


Bike trail map provided by Kane County Division of Transportation - 29 -


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