Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
Located on the east side of Joliet, approximately 1 mile west of the
I-80 and I-355 interchange. It lies north of Route 30 and west of Gougar Rd. along Hickory Creek.
Contact: Pilcher Park Nature Center, (815) 741-7277
Pilcher Park is a large and diverse forest complex recognized on the INAI for its high-quality mesic upland forest, wet-mesic upland forest, and seep communities representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division of Illinois. Other significant features include a Native American burial mound and a reburial site. Pilcher Park is one of northeastern Illinois’ premiere woodlands with outstanding spring wildflower displays and old-growth trees. More than 270 native plant species have been documented within Pilcher Park, and at least 11 species of birds with moderate to high sensitivity to habitat fragmentation breed on site.
Joliet Park District
For further information:
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Dr.
Joliet, IL 60432