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Oak Ridge

This scenic forest preserve boasts beautiful views of the Kishwaukee River, lovely old oak groves and restored prairie. Oak Ridge Forest Preserve is considered the equestrian center for the entire county, offering 7.5 miles of trails that connect to nine miles of equestrian trails in Deer Run Forest Preserve. A spacious equestrian parking lot and camping area make a favorite horseback riding destination. A canoe ramp near the entrance provides convenient access to the south branch of the Kishwaukee River.  160 acres of prairie, 100 acres of sedge meadow and hundreds of acres of flood plain forest make it an ideal spot to enjoy nature’s serenity and view a variety of wildlife.

Seasonal Highlights: The floodplain forest is an excellent spot for woodland flowers and the display of Virginia Bluebells around the first of May is stunning. The extensive grass trails through blooming prairie and shady woods offer a refreshing summer walk. Autumn’s burnished prairie and the stately old oaks make Oak Ridge a favorite destination for fall hikes.

Acres: 653.6
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: No
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: Yes
Equestrian Camping: Yes
Hiking Trails(miles): 7.5
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: No
Canoe Launch: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: No
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

Download an updated printable trail map here of Oak Ridge. Equestrians and hikers there is a new trail route at Oak Ridge Forest Preserve. Please avoid using the old route because of hazardous conditions.

Download a printable trail map here of Deer Run/Oak Ridge.

Location

8322 Blomberg Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
3 miles southeast of Cherry Valley, 1 mile east on Blomberg Road from the Blomberg and Perryville intersection.

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