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Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access
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The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011.

The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres of land.

The first 147 acres of Hammel Woods were the District's second and third acquisitions in 1930. The preserve is located at the site of the historic Grinton Mill and was named in honor of American soldiers who fought in the World War I battle in Hamel, France.

Route 59 Access is one of three access areas to the preserve. The other access areas are DuPage River Access and Crumby Recreation Area, both in Shorewood.

Natural Resources

Hammel Woods protects forest and wetland habitats.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the long-tailed weasel and least weasel.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including swamp thistle, bitternut hickory, and white baneberry.

Amenities and Activities


Route 59 Access features 2.18 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:Route 59 Access also provides access to a 3.7-mile, paved segment of the DuPage River Trail, ideal for the following activities:Download a map of the DuPage River Trail.


Route 59 Access offers two picnic shelters for rental: Hidden Shelter (permit capacity of 100 people) and Shorewood Grove Shelter (permit capacity of 60 people). Learn more about picnic permits and fees.

Route 59 Access also offers one picnic shelter for groups of less than 25 people (Grinton Grove Shelter). This shelter is not available for rental.


Route 59 Access offers access to shoreline fishing on the DuPage River. Statewide and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


Route 59 Access features a canoe/kayak launch on the DuPage River. No launch pass is required. All persons in a canoe or kayak must wear a personal flotation device at all times. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves, or download a map of the northeastern Illinois water trails.


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

Download a map of the amenities at Hammel Woods.
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access Users
Photograph Courtesy of Ron Molk
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access is located on Route 59, north of Route 52/Jefferson Street in Shorewood.

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