Churchill Woods Forest Preserve

This compact 255 acre forest preserve in Glen Ellyn, Illinois features savanna, native prairie and wetlands. Trails are a mix of paved and hard-packed dirt surfaces.



Main entrance is on the south side of St. Charles Road, west of Illinois State Route 53. A detailed pdf trail map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

24 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces, portable restrooms and picnic tables.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (brown-headed cowbirds, Canada geese, mallards, red-winged blackbirds, sparrows), Boating, Camping (youth groups only), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Jogging, Picnicking, Running, Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

500 Pottawatomie Indians lived in the area as they waited to be sent west of the Mississippi River as required by the 1833 Treaty of Chicago. Winslow and Mercy Churchill settled on the western edge of the preserve in 1834 and one of their relatives sold a portion of the land on which the preserve is located to the Forest Preserve District of Dupage County in 1935.

Other Information

Consult the trail map for restroom locations.


The Lilac Bakery located at 348 S. Main Street, Lombard features wonderful pastries.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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