Belmont 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 rewarded by 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 and visitors from farther afield.

The Prairie contains a wide variety of quadra-seasonal grasses and other plants and flowers in an undisturbed setting. The animal wildlife that may be observed includes fox, raccoons, meadow voles, opossums, ground squirrels, garter snakes and, occasionally, white-tailed deer. A nature trail provides pedestrian access. The prairie is served by a six-car parking lot located on Cross Street. 

Hours: Hours are dawn to dusk.

Location: The Belmont Prairie is located west of the Downers Grove Golf Course at Haddow Ave. and Cross Street. Parking is available at the 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 Belmont Prairie:

Downers Grove Park District site:

Downers Grove Park District one-page map:

  Article in Chicago Wilderness magazine:
Page_19  in Summer 2000 Issue.