Enjoying The Last Remaining Good Weather Days In the Forrest Preserves

In an effort to not only enjoy some of the last remaining days of enjoyable weather, but also get these young-ins out of the house, I hauled the family down to McKinley Woods yesterday in beautiful Channahon, Illinois. It’s about 15 mins south of our home in Plainfield.

I LOVE getting out to the forest preserves. Its always beautiful scenery, and each spot has it’s own charm.

What was cool about McKinley was that it isn’t huge, so you can see most of it in a relatively short amount of time. It also has great look-outs over the Des Plains River, as you can see.

Now is a great time to get to McKinley – or any forest preserve property – as the trees are in prime autumnal glory!

PS…I’d really love for someone to tell me what the hell this is! A latrine? A storm shelter?

McKinley Woods comes with some interesting history, as I found out in my post-hike research. They were home to FDR’s Tree Army as well as a brief time as a World War II prisoner of war camp (which actually helped to beautify the space!).

I can also personally vouch for Hammel Woods and Lake Renwick areas. Both are awesome! Get out and enjoy it!