The 1,366-acre Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville is one of the District’s most popular forest preserves, and it has been named one of the best in the western suburbs on numerous occasions. It has fishing, camping, archery, picnic shelters, an off-leash dog area, and other amenities.

Natural Setting

The gently rolling hilly terrain of Blackwell attracts a variety of native wildlife, including wild turkeys, deer, bald eagles, great blue herons, coyotes, red foxes, and muskrats. North of Mack Road, Blackwell’s McKee Marsh has trails and two vernal ponds where amphibians like the northern leopard frog breed. Foraging birds include the wood duck, blue-winged teal, and solitary sandpiper.

Driving Instructions

The main entrance to Blackwell is on the north side of Butterfield Road, 0.25 mile west of Winfield Road. Mack Road has entrances on both the north and south sides. The Native Plant Nursery and off-leash dog area are located on Mack Road’s south side. Read more about Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in our next post. Galron Sliding Doors provide its services in Naperville. You call them at 708-206-9646.

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