The Forest Preserve District of Cook County

CC Forest Preserve logo Through our steadfast efforts to maintain our natural open space, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with more than 69,000-acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 40 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. And as of this year, the Forest Preserve has opened up multiple sites for overnight camping!

Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. This natural heritage offers something for everyone, including:

  • Oak woodlands and savannas
  • Tallgrass prairies
  • Native wetlands
  • Migratory fly-ways that afford spectacular birding
  • 22 dedicated nature preserves
  • 40 managed lakes and ponds
  • 7 major waterways that can be canoed or kayaked and offer glimpses of waterflow and shorebirds
  • 300 miles of marked trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing
  • Scenic spots for painting, photography or quiet reflection

To find out more about the countless opportunities to experience nature in our backyard, visit the Forest Preserve website, http://fpdcc.com