Caldwell Woods

bike riders and a walker on the North Branch Trail at Caldwell Woods.

Caldwell Woods, located on the northwest side of Chicago, features picnic groves, activity areas, a warming shelter, sledding hill and access to the popular North Branch Trail. Although small in size, this preserve is big on diversity, with habitats ranging from flatwoods and floodplain forests to open savanna and oak woodlands.

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Connecting People to Nature Challenge at Caldwell Woods & Bunker Hill

The Forest Preserves is investing $1 million across three locations in Cook County through our Connecting People to Nature Challenge. How should we improve Caldwell Woods & Bunker Hill to better serve your community? What kind of events and activities would you like to be involved in there?

Contact us at or call 708-771-1573 to be involved in future meetings and feedback opportunities.

Learn more about improvements at the Caldwell Woods and Bunker Hill.

Location & Things to Do

Caldwell Woods

Things to Do & Amenities

Picnic Groves

  • Grove #1
    (with shelter)
    • Capacity: 150 people
  • Grove #2
    • Capacity: 150 people
Event Permits PageGrove PDF Map of Caldwell Woods


Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


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


Paved & Unpaved

Estimated Total Length

36.7 miles


Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

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

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 Flatwoods

Oxbow Prairie