Prairie is an excellent example of one of the few
remaining natural Illinois prairie habitats. The Prairie is owned and
managed by the
Downers Grove Park District. The efforts of the District have been
the Prairie's official designation by the State as an Illinois Nature
Preserve. Belmont Prairie supports more than 135 species of plant and
animal wildlife and provides an excellent
educational and cultural resource for the benefit of District residents
visitors from farther afield.
The Prairie contains a wide variety of
quadra-seasonal grasses and other plants and flowers in an undisturbed
The animal wildlife that may be observed includes fox, raccoons, meadow
opossums, ground squirrels, garter snakes and, occasionally,
A nature trail provides pedestrian access. The prairie is served by a
parking lot located on Cross Street.
Hours: Hours are dawn to
Location: The Belmont
Prairie is located west of the Downers
Grove Golf Course at Haddow Ave. and Cross Street. Parking is available
trail head on Cross Street.
Please note: There are no
dogs, bikes, or cross-country skis
allowed in the Natural Areas. Thank you for your cooperation.
For more information on
Article in Chicago Wilderness magazine:
Page_19 in Summer 2000 Issue.