Burnidge Forest Preserve


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Beautiful vistas and rolling terrain are the outstanding features of Burnidge Forest Preserve, one of the largest preserves in the District. There are several different plant communities and soil types here. Oak woodlands cover the hills on the southwest portion of the preserve and mingle with the marsh at lower elevations. A restored prairie stretches to the north, and a small creek meanders toward Tyler Creek. Visitors can walk trails throughout the preserve and observe a diversity of wildlife in these natural communities. Nearly 600 acres of rolling terrain contain a series of watersheds that filter into the Tyler Creek greenway.

You’ll enjoy 9 miles of hiking trails here, including a 2.25-mile, multipurpose trail suitable for hiking, biking or equestrian use. You’ll also be able to view plants and wildlife in their natural habitats. There are also stocked fish ponds. No swimming is allowed.

Fishing Harvest Limits at Ponds within Burnidge Forest Preserve:

  • Bluegill:10 fish daily harvest limit
  • Channel Catfish: 3 fish daily harvest limit
  • Common Carp: No harvest limit
  •  Crappie (white or black):10 fish daily harvest limit
  • Largemouth Bass: Protected slot limit between 14-18 inches. Harvest limit of one fish greater or equal to 18 inches and three fish less than 14 inches
  • Northern Pike: One fish daily harvest limit, 24-inch minimum length
  • Smallmouth Bass: Catch and release, only

Paul Wolff Campground is also located within Burnidge Forest Preserve.

This preserve includes a horseback riding area. Most horse trails are natural surface, mowed grass paths. Limestone screenings trails and asphalt bike trails are available in some of the preserves. These are multi-use trails shared with runners, bicyclists, dog walkers etc. Horse riders are required to stay on designated, forest preserve-maintained trails. Trail riding is not allowed in restricted natural areas, Illinois Nature Preserves, picnic areas or in farmed areas. To prevent trail damage during wet weather, trails may be temporarily closed. Individual forest preserves will post a sign at the entrance when horse trails are closed. Trails are currently CLOSED for equestrian use at this preserve.


  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters
  • Winter Activities
  • Nature Trails – 9.6 total Trail Miles

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