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Brookdale Conservation Area

Brookdale offers a serene getaway from daily life. Visitors can enjoy a 1 mile mowed grass trail loop that transverses one side of the 11 acre pond, past a wildlife observation deck overlooking the water and up through a former pine plantation. A picnic shelter and restroom are available on the east side of the pond/Paulson Road entrance, as well as a 1/4 mile paved trail that leads to a handicap accessible fishing pier and small dam where the pond spills into the north branch of the Kishwaukee River. The Paulsen Road Entrance also offers a horse trailer parking lot for up to 10 trailers and is the closer access point to the 6.15-mile multi-use trail.

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Discover this 1.4-mile loop trail near Harvard, Illinois. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 30 min to complete. This trail is great for birding, cross-country skiing, and fishing, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

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