Cycle Chicago, Sightseeing Ride, Herrick Lake & Danada Forest Preserves
Starting in Warrenville, the bike ride runs through two exceptionally well maintained and harmonious preserves that are full of natural beauty, habitat diversity and historical remnants. You’ll find the variety inviting. In fact, you very well might decide to spend the day biking, picnicking and relaxing here.
Crushed limestone with a few gentle hills.
This ride is not readily accessible by transit.
By car, exit Interstate 88 on Winfield Road going north. Turn left just south of Butterfield Road into the parking area for the Illinois Prairie Path Aurora Branch.
Food and Drink
Plenty of water in the forest preserves.
This ride connects with several other bike paths. And just to the east is the Morton Arboretum.
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve
This bike ride serves up some of Chicagoland’s prettiest, most secluded and most pleasant biking. It loops through prairies and woods in a beautiful, natural setting along well-marked and well-maintained trails. There are remnants of farmsteads and grazing that occurred on the land long ago, while young forests of elm, maple, oak and linden are emerging on the former farm fields. Best of all, this ride avoids roads, which is refreshing compared with other forest preserve rides, most of which cross many busy highways. This ride goes around part of Lake Herrick. Consider biking completely around the lake, although the one-mile loop will take you through a parking lot. It may be small but this lake is one of the few natural glacial lakes in DuPage County.
Danada Forest Preserve
From the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, the path runs into the Danada Forest Preserve, but the latter is distinct because Danada used to be a horse farm and is currently the site of an equestrian center. It sports stables, a barn and even a race track still used for horse shows! Of course, nature is the biggest attraction at Danada. The trail winds through 783 acres of rolling terrain that encompass wetlands, woodlands, restored prairies and an oak savanna with lots of native wildflowers. Along the way, there are many other things to see, including the Heroes Grove at 4.8 miles. This peaceful setting is a memorial to American courage and sacrifice related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks. Nine burr oaks and 11 white oaks stand silent vigil and invite you to pause and reflect. These two preserves are wrapped around the Arrowhead Country Club, adding to the ride’s green landscape and pastoral tranquility. The trails are busy during summer weekends but don’t let that keep you away!
23.541 km / 14.628 mi
152 m / 499 ft
152 m / 499 ft
243 m / 796 ft