Spring Creek Preserve
The Fon du Lac Park District invites the public to visit the Spring Creek Preserve. The park is located just off the north end of East Peoria. It consists of 262 acres of wooded bluffs, bottomland, and old farm fields, and it will be managed as a natural area. The preserve is home to many species of birds, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Access is from Spring Creek Road, where a parking lot has been constructed. The lot is about 0.2 miles east of the intersection of Highway 116 and Spring Creek Road. Although the park is still under development, a number of hiking trails are now mowed and maintained. One gentle walk of about 2 miles starts at the parking lot, goes around the edges of the three old farm fields in the bottomland, and then returns to the lot. The bluff tops are about 200 feet higher than the parking lot, and the trail in the north central part of the park makes this climb through oak and maple woodland. Additional trails are planned. Stream crossings are dry much of the year, but no footbridges are yet in place.