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Pratts Wayne Woods County Forest Preserve
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Location Bartlett, Illinois
Address Bartlett, Illinois, United States
Lat, Long 41.958108, -88.229078
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Phone Number 630-933-7248
Description The area’s first private land owner was Mark Wentworth Fletcher, a local surveyor. Fletcher purchased 320 acres from the federal government on Feb. 18, 1846, and built a farmhouse along Dunham Road. The land changed hands several times before coming under the ownership of Franz Palm. The Palm family had originally intended the land to be their retirement home, but the state of Illinois had other plans and purchased Fletcher’s original 320 acres with the intent of creating a state park. It abandoned the idea, though, and in 1965 donated 221 acres to the Forest Preserve District. George Pratt, a township supervisor and Forest Preserve District commissioner in the 1960s and 70s, became the driving force behind the acquisition of additional lands, selling his family’s adjacent 250-acre Maple Spring Farm in 1974 to the District rather than a developer. At Pratt’s Wayne Woods, visitors can enjoy hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and horseback riding on more than 12 miles of forest preserve trails. A stretch of the Illinois Prairie Path Elgin Branch cuts through the preserve as well. When conditions permit, rangers groom trails for cross-country skiing. Classical cross-country skiers should use the set of tracks on the outside of the trail, leaving the inside for freestyle skiers and other trail users. Horseback riders should park their trailers in the gravel lot on the east side of Powis Road and should not ride in developed recreational areas, such as picnic areas and campgrounds. The Wayne-DuPage Hunt Club has been riding in the area for over 100 years and continues to host equestrian events at the forest preserve. As a result of these events and other horse trial groups, horse jumps are located throughout the preserve but are only for advanced riders.
Keywords IL, Trails, Park, Lake, Picnicking, Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Boating, Horseback Riding, Off-Leash Dog Area, Cross-Country Skiing, Dupage,
Updated on 2014-05-28
Created on 2013-02-05
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