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Lake in the Hills Fen
Nature Preserve

Lake in the Hills, Illinois

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  • Date Posted: Jun 1, 2016
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Experience the wide-open space of the vast prairie and fen. Hike the rolling terrain and disappear into the horizon.

In August, a knee-high carpet of grass-leaved goldenrod sparkles in the midst of tall goldenrod and a soaring phalanx of prairie dock.

In August, a knee-high carpet of grass-leaved goldenrod sparkles in the midst of tall goldenrod and a soaring phalanx of prairie dock.

Features:

  • Special wetlands called fens can be found through the preserve
  • Very large expanse of prairie with short and long trails that take you on a journey
  • Sedge meadow

Highlights:

  • Wildflowers and tall grass
  • Lots of butterflies and birds

Best Times to Visit:

  • May through September for flowers in the prairie and fen
  • Visit any time to get away from it all

Mike’s Thoughts: With few man-made obstructions to scar the horizon, the expansive vistas at Lake in the Hills Fen make me feel far from civilization.

Notes: The preserve is located at the back of Barbara Key Park off of Pyott Road. So that you don’t  confuse it with the other similarly named park and picnic area on Jefferson Street, just find Barbara Key Park on your map.

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