Bunker Hill

Ruby-throated hummingbird at Bunker Hill. Photo by Tom Lally.
Ruby-throated hummingbird at Bunker Hill. Photo by Tom Lally.

Known for its popular picnic groves, Bunker Hill contains remarkable natural areas, including a floodplain forest, open savanna and the Sidney Yates Flatwoods. The site is part of the extensive North Branch Trail System and offers easy parking and natural play areas for kids.

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Location & Things to Do

Bunker Hill

Entrance

W Harts Rd, southwest of W Toughy Ave
Niles, IL 60714

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Indoor bathroom open April 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.
  2. Portable bathroom open November 1 to April 30 depending on weather conditions.

Picnic Groves

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (view picnic grove PDF map of Bunker Hill)

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Sidney Yates Flatwoods

Things to Do & Amenities

  • No Parking

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Trails

North Branch Trail System

The North Branch Trail System offers paved and unpaved trails along approximately 20 miles of the North Branch of the Chicago River, making it a premier biking route in the northern suburbs.

Location: Chicago, Glenview, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie & Winnetka

Surface

Paved & Unpaved

Estimated Total Length

36.7 miles

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

*Please be a courteous trail user: Follow posted signs and our trail rules and etiquette.

a close up of a Blue-gray gnatcatcher at Bunker Hill. Photo by Tom Lally.
Blue-gray gnatcatcher at Bunker Hill. Photo by Tom Lally.

Nature Notes

Bunker Hill is small in area but big on diversity. Unique flatwoods, floodplain forest, open savanna and oak woodlands all share a relatively small parcel of land, allowing for a new experience around each bend.

Throughout the growing season, wildflowers and grasses bloom in the savanna, including blazing star, prairie sundrops, big bluestem, mountain blue-eyed grass and fringed gentian. Birds and insects flit amid the oak trees. Swallowtail butterflies and song sparrows enjoy the sun-dappled areas. In the spring, woodcocks perform their unique mating dances at dusk. Ducks, geese and herons enjoy the slow-moving river.


Volunteer Opportunities

This beautiful preserve is just one example of the rich diversity that once was the vast Illinois landscape. Its open savanna, oak woodland and river bluff ecosystems offer interesting views in all seasons. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as they remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting these high quality natural areas.

Bunker Hill


Centennial Volunteers at Clayton Smith Woods


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