Lake County, Illinois, CVB - Official Travel Site - Grainger Woods Forest Preserve

Grainger Woods Forest Preserve

25910 N. Saint Marys Rd Mettawa, IL 60045


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This preserve harbors a rare stand of northern flatwoods, ecologically valuable wetlands, and several state-listed threatened and endangered species. While there are no trails here, the two natural communities found on the site include a wet-mesic prairie and a high-quality sedge meadow that contain more that 165 native plant species.

Healthy, native plants are now thriving in pastures where horses once grazed.

The preserve underwent a comprehensive ecological restoration during a 7-year, $1.5 million project to remove non-native and invasive species, and reestablish native species to support native habitats. The project was supported by a generous $500,000 grant from The Grainger Foundation. Townline Stables operates a boarding stable at the northwest corner of the preserve.

For information, call 847-219-4951.

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