“A jaunt over ephemeral streams that lace the moraine and drain into the nearby Kishwaukee River
— Peter Gitta
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This trail is tricky when moving quickly. Rocks and roots could be hazardous.
The 1.3 mile Kelly Hertel Nature Trail meanders through woodlands and crosses several small ridges that cover ephemeral streams that lace the moraine and drain into the nearby Kishwaukee River. The trail becomes steeper, the woods thicken and the path becomes more twisted, before making the turn to head back toward the start, and the Long Hiking Loop
Flora & Fauna
A myriad of mammals, birds, butterflies and insects inhabit the high quality oak woodlands at Marengo Ridge including great-horned owls, wild turkeys, Eastern Kingbirds, Broad-winged hawks and numerous songbirds.