Loop Trail? No
Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
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Location: Unincorporated DuPage County near Wheaton
Counties: DuPage County
Parking for the Danada-Herrick Lake Regional Trail is available at both preserves. Parking at Danada is on both sides of Naperville Road 1 mile south of Butterfield Road (Route 56). Parking at Herrick Lake is on the south side of Butterfield Road east of Herrick Road and on Herrick Road south of Butterfield.
The 5.8-mile Danada-Herrick Lake Regional Trail is located within Danada and Herrick Lake forest preserves, which cover over 1,600 continuous acres in central DuPage County in Illinois. Walking, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding are all permitted. The trail connects to the Illinois Prairie Path Aurora Spur, which in turn links to 9.7 miles of trails at St. James Farm and Blackwell forest preserves in Warrenville and the 23-mile West Branch DuPage River Trail.
At Danada Forest Preserve, the trail begins near the 36-acre Rice Lake. It crosses through the Danada Equestrian Center, which offers equestrian experiences such as horsemanship lessons, hayrides and sleigh rides, and near the Danada House and Visitor Gardens, the former home of Daniel and Ada L. Rice, racehorse enthusiasts and breeders of champion Thoroughbreds. On the west side of Naperville Road is the Forest Preserve District's headquarters office.
At Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, the trail passes through woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, which are home to over 700 species of native plants and animals. The trail leads to the 22-acre Herrick Lake with year-round fishing and seasonal boat, canoe and kayak rentals. The forest preserve has picnic areas and shelters that accommodate up to 150 and a cabin that youth groups can reserve year-round. (Visitors must call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 in advance to reserve the cabin, picnic area and shelters.)
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 7%
Elevation Low Point: 723
Elevation High Point: 775
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2004
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
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