Today
Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
Sunrise:
6:15 AM
Sunset:
7:55 PM
 
Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset
Stats
Acres
71
Location
Oak Brook, IL
Trails
1 Miles
Features
Drinking Water
Parking
Latrines
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Wetland
Woodland
 

York Woods

The District purchased what is now the 71-acre York Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook in 1917, which makes it the oldest forest preserve in the county. Although it is not a large preserve, York Woods is known for the wide variety of flora and fauna that thrive in its marshland, vast oak woodlands and floodplain forest. Birders will enjoy spotting northern orioles, cedar waxwings, warbling vireos and owls.

Recreation

Picnicking

Picnickers can reserve York Woods’ 100-person shelter through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 but must do so at least three business days before their visit. This historic shelter, which includes a grill, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps after the Great Depression. 

In addition, picnickers can use the 25-person nonreservable shelter to the north.  

Ground fires are prohibited, but visitors may bring their own grills and use the on-site hot-coal disposal containers.

For everyone’s convenience, York Woods offers a water pump and restrooms with pit toilets.

Trails

An asphalt footpath that takes hikers through the woods and along the northern edge of the preserve connects the south picnic area with the north picnic area.

A second, 1-mile paved trail also connects the two areas and is open to hikers and cross-country skiers as well as to bicyclists or joggers.  

Dogs 

Dogs are welcome at York Woods but must be on leashes no greater than 10 feet in length.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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