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Spring Creek Preserve

Directions The Spring Creek Preserve is located on the east side of Highway 116 just off the north end of East Peoria (see above map).  Note the new parking lot just off Spring Creek Road.   

Spring Creek Preserve - Downloadable Trail Map

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Description The Fondulac Park Districtís Spring Creek Preserve consists of 262 acres of wooded bluffs, bottomland, and old farm fields and is managed as a natural area with hiking trails. The preserve is home to many species of birds, animals, butterflies, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Access is from Spring Creek Road.

The parking lot is about 0.2 miles east of the intersection with Highway 116. The park is rather new and is still under development, but a number of hiking trails are now mowed and maintained and are accessible from the parking lot. The trails are marked with signs.

  • The Old Fields Loop is a gentle walk of about 2 miles. It goes around the edges of the three old farm fields in the bottomland, and then returns to the starting point.

  • The Woodland Loop makes a moderate climb through oak and maple woods to the top of the north bluff, which is about 200 feet higher than the parking lot. The trail continues eastward along the bluff top and then descends along a ridge to the bottomland again, eventually coming out on the Old Fields Loop. It is about 1.5 miles in length.

  • The North Bluff Trail climbs the bluff more steeply than the Woodland Loop but offers nice views to the north as it traverses the bluff. It links up with the Woodland Loop after about 0.5 miles.

No footbridges are yet in place, but stream crossings are dry much of the year.

Commonly Seen Birds Spring/Fall -- Warblers and other woodland spring migrants. 

Summer -- Various woodland species.  

Hiking and Birding the Spring Creek Preserve

Creek in Spring Creek Preserve

Birding while Hiking the Spring Creek Preserve

Creek in the Spring Creek Preserve

 

Trails May Cross Creek in Places (Usually Dry)

 

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