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Forked Creek Preserve - Forsythe Woods
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The 790-acre Forked Creek Preserve was acquired between 1974 and 2007.

The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres of land.

Forsythe Woods is one of three access areas to the preserve. The other access areas are Ballou Road Access and Butcher Lane Access, both in Wilmington.

Natural Resources

Forked Creek Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, wetland, and a portion of Forked Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes a variety of bird species, such as the spotted sandpiper, yellow-billed cuckoo, dickcissel, and ovenbird.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including redbud, Kentucky coffee tree, glade mallow, and smooth blue aster.

The site is managed with invasive species control and prescribed burning to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the Districtís land management activities.

Amenities and Activities


Forsythe Woods features 1.34 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:Picnicking

Forsythe Woods offers one picnic shelter for rental, Forked Creek Shelter, with a permit capacity of 100 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


Forsythe Woods offers access to shoreline fishing on Forked Creek. Statewide and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


Permits are available for geocaching at Forsythe Woods. Learn more about geocaching permits.

Please note that camping at Forsythe Woods was discontinued as of January 1, 2014. Camping is available nearby at Forked Creek Preserve - Ballou Road Access in Wilmington.

Download a map of the amenities at Forsythe Woods.
Forked Creek Preserve - Forsythe Woods Landscape
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock
Forked Creek Preserve - Forsythe Woods is located on Kahler Road, west of Barr Road in Wilmington.

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