Plum Creek Meadow

This 1,000+ acre forest preserve in Sauk Village, Illinois is tucked into the southeast corner of Cook County, Illinois on the border with Indiana. This is the place for those who want to go far from the madding crowd as it is the most sparsely visited of the public lands described on this website. The topography varies from open grassland to oak forest. Birds are abundant in this forest preserve.



Burnham Avenue, north of 223rd Street in Sauk Village, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

34 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces and restrooms (May 1 to October 31 only) and 2 accessible picnic shelters (May 1 to October 31 only) which may be reserved online here. The trail is either grass or dirt so it is not accessible.

Things To Do

Birdwatching (Canada geese, robins, sparrows, warblers, woodpeckers, yellow-breasted chats), Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Jogging, Other Features (Drone Flying Area), Picnicking, Running, Watchable Wildlife (butterflies and moths) and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

Plum Creek which flows through this forest preserve is part of the Little Calumet River Watershed.

Other Information

The main trail is 1.8 miles long and is either grass or dirt and can be muddy after rains. Indoor restrooms are available.


A nearby place for a delicious, ample breakfast is The Scrambled Diner, 250 81st Avenue, Dyer, Indiana. The cheese omelet is highly recommended.

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Best Time To Visit

Spring, Summer, Fall

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