Cycle Chicago, Sightseeing Ride, Meacham Grove Forest Preserve
This easy ride through the lovely 252- acre Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale is memorable because it circles a small former-quarry turned lake, which attracts fishers and captures serene sunsets. You’ll also remember the short steep hill that will barely cause you to break a sweat but will surely bring a smile to your face if you race someone to the top…and then coast back down to climb again.
Flat crushed limestone path except for one small but steep hill and one short section over a rougher crushedgravel path on the western side of the preserve.
This ride is not convenient to transit. By car, exit Interstate 355/290 westbound at Highway 20 (Lake Street). After two miles, turn right (north) onto Circle Avenue. After 800 feet, turn left into the forest preserve.
Food and Drink
Only water in the preserve.
Visit any of the many other small but attractive forest preserves in the vicinity, including Spring Creek, East Branch, Oak Meadows and Mallard Lake preserves and Pratt’s Wayne Woods.
Flat crushed limestone path except for one small but steep hill and one short section over a rougher crushed-gravel path on the western side of the preserve Small but pretty, Meacham Grove Forest Preserve is a pleasant place for a quick spin through a bit of nature. The Potawatomi Indians lived here before settlers arrived starting in the 1830s. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County began acquiring the land in 1920 and has continued to do so as it develops this handsome preserve.
It drained and enlarged the former quarry, creating Maple Lake, which is well stocked with fish, judging from the number of fishers usually found at the preserve. Recently, the forest preserve district built an embankment along Spring Brook, which feeds the lake, and a dam to hold back the Maple Lake Reservoir. These structures add wetlands to the preserve and provide flood relief to the surrounding communities. The forest preserve district also capped and regraded an abandoned landfill, resulting in the small hill. You could approach the hill clockwise from the back for a gentle climb, but this counterclockwise route takes you right up the steep side – just for the fun of it.
Get a big running start and be prepared to run through all your gears. For some serious training, take the path circling the hill counterclockwise a dozen times without a break. Don’t miss the 0.4 mile trail between Bloomingdale- Roselle and Rosedale roads on the western side of the preserve. Bikes are allowed on this crushed-gravel path, even though the forest preserve’s map depicts this path similarly to the nearby hikers-only Savanna Trail, which is a dirt path through a fragile ecosystem. The shade and dense woods found along this side trail contrasts nicely with the openness of the trail around Maple Lake in the main section of the preserve.
6.47 km / 4.02 mi
89 m / 292 ft
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