Herrick Lake


Hello!  Hope everyone is doing well. We've been pretty busy on our end - work, home, yardwork, yadayada- but we have been trying to get out to some new places in between all this rain! I'm loving the new site, but one thing I am not is a web designer, so, please bear with me as I play around with different formats and figure out how to use Squarespace.  I'm trying to figure out the best way to relay information and display pictures so if you have any suggestions or comments please let me know! And now....on to the post!

We've had some beautiful weather in between all this rain we've been getting, so Dennis and I have been spending a lot of time trying to get some yard work done.  A few weeks ago we decided to take a break and head over tot Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in the Wheaton/Naperville area for a nice long hike. It's not too far from our house and we could bring the dog so we figured we could do a nice long morning hike, eat some lunch and then finish up some yardwork in the afternoon.

Herrick Lake has about 5 miles of trails and opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, biking, horseback riding and picnicking. We checked out the map and decided to do the Regional Trail to the Meadowlark Trail to the Lake Trail. Like most hikes in northern and central Illinois, this trail is a pretty easy hike.  It's a mostly flat, well-maintained, crushed limestone trail, with some dirt- trail spurs that lead into the forest and eventually circle back around the main trail. Perfect for trecking your kids on your back, in a stroller, or letting them explore on their own two feet!

 We LOVE our child carrier!  It makes hiking so much easier. If you are in the market for one, REI has some great  tips  on selecting the best one for your needs.

We LOVE our child carrier!  It makes hiking so much easier. If you are in the market for one, REI has some great tips on selecting the best one for your needs.

I was surprised to learn that portions of this trail system are considered a National Recreation Trail - a designation of the National Trails System!  

The trees were just starting to leaf-out and there were so many spring wildflowers along the path!

We found a little place off the main trail to throw rocks - Weston's all-time favorite activity!

Then continued our hike around the lake.  There were a ton of freshwater snail shells along the lake and when you looked in the water you could see a bunch resting on the rocks. 

We ended the day with a little lunch at the picnic area over-looking the lake and of course we had to do "balance beam."

After nap time we started working on our new shade garden!  I was able to populate the garden at no cost with volunteer plants we found around the yard!  I'll be posting on that soon, but here's a sneak peak.


We had a pretty great little hike!  How have you guys been enjoying the weather?


3S580 Naperville Rd

Naperville, IL 60189

(630) 933-7248

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