Paul Douglas Preserve

wetlands at Paul Douglas Preserve
Restored wetlands at Paul Douglas Preserve.

The 1,800-acre Paul Douglas Preserve offers visitors exceptional birding opportunities as well as a 7.2-mile paved trail loop perfect for peaceful walks, bike rides and more. With open grasslands, restored wetlands and a heron rookery, birders can spot a variety of nesting species.

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Location & Things to Do

Access Paul Douglas Preserve through the Grassy Ridge Meadow entrance:

Grassy Ridge Meadow


W Central Ave, east of Huntington Blvd/Freeman Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Portable bathroom open May 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.


Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

Paul Douglas Trail



Estimated Total Length

8.6 miles


Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

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

Great blue herons at Paul Douglas
Great blue herons at Paul Douglas. Photo by Scott Hansen.

Nature Notes

Since a large wetland was restored along Poplar Creek, pied-billed grebes, ruddy ducks and state-endangered yellow-headed blackbirds once again nest in the area. The heron rookery, which consists of nesting platforms along the marsh, attracts great blue heron pairs. Beavers are active here, too. Marsh marigolds and a variety of sedges populate Paul Douglas’ wetlands.

Eastern meadowlarks, Henslow’s and savannah sparrows and bobolinks nest in the larger grasslands. Red-eyed vireos and black-throated green warblers sing in the trees and sharp-eyed visitors can spot rough-legged hawks and northern harriers.