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Hadley Valley - Gougar Road Access
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The 726-acre Hadley Valley was acquired between 2000 and 2014.

The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres of land.

Gougar Road Access is one of three access areas to the preserve. The other access areas are Bruce Road Access in Homer Glen, and Route 6 Access in Joliet.

Natural Resources

Hadley Valley protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, savanna, wetland, and a portion of Spring Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes more than 15,000 species of insects, birds, aquatic invertebrates, fish, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including tall swamp marigold, wahoo, great angelica, yellow avens, and shingle oak.

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

The preserve is also the location of the largest restoration effort in the Districtís history - a stream de-channelization, wetland restoration, and wildlife habitat restoration project in 500 acres of the preserve - performed in partnership with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Openlands, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the OíHare Modernization Program. This project has won the following awards: the 2010 Illinois Chapter of American Planning Association's Implementation Award; the 2009 Illinois Parks & Recreation Association's Outstanding Conservation Program; and the 2008 Chicago Wilderness' Excellence in Conservation Award. Download the Hadley Valley Brochure to learn more about this project and its partnerships.

Amenities and Activities


Gougar Road Access provides access to a 5.01-mile, crushed limestone segment of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail, ideal for the following activities:Picnicking

Gougar Road Access offers one picnic shelter for rental, Gougar Road Access Shelter, with a permit capacity of 100 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.

Download a map of the amenities at Hadley Valley.
Hadley Valley - Gougar Road Access Landscape
Photograph Courtesy of Ron Molk
Hadley Valley - Gougar Road Access is located on Gougar Road, north of Route 6/Maple Road in Joliet.

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