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Hickory Creek Preserve - Hickory Creek Junction
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The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010.

The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres of land.

The preserve is the District's largest individual preserve, and the majority of the land was acquired for a regional stormwater reservoir which was never constructed.

Hickory Creek Junction is one of three access areas to the preserve. The other access areas are Hickory Creek Barrens in New Lenox, and LaPorte Road Access in Mokena.

Natural Resources

Hickory Creek Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, savanna, wetland, and a portion of Hickory Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes more than 50 bird species, such as the pileated woodpecker, yellow rumped warbler, brown creeper, and hermit thrush.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including lead plant, beechwood sedge, yellow trout lily, prairie gentian, and wild senna.

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


Hickory Creek Junction features 0.55 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:Hickory Creek Junction also provides access to the 3.68-mile, paved western segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway, ideal for the following activities:In addition, Hickory Creek Junction provides access to the 7.5-mile, Route 30 Bikeway, a linear paved trail ideal for the following activities:The Route 30 Bikeway connects the western segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway to the 2.9-mile, paved eastern segment at the Frankfort Township Assessor's Office on Route 30.

Hickory Creek Junction also provides access via a 0.65-mile trail connection to the 21-mile Old Plank Road Trail, a linear paved trail ideal for the following activities:Download a map and guide to the Old Plank Road Trail.


Hickory Creek Junction offers one picnic shelter for rental, Hickory Creek Junction Shelter, with a permit capacity of 120 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


Hickory Creek Junction features an accessible playground constructed from recycled materials. Learn more about the Districtís playgrounds.

Download a map of the amenities at Hickory Creek Preserve.
Hickory Creek Junction Playground
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock
Hickory Creek Preserve - Hickory Creek Junction is located on Route 30/Lincoln Highway, west of Wolf Road in Mokena.

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