Sterne's Woods & Fen

Located at

5617 E. Hillside Road
Crystal Lake, IL


Hillside Road, East of Walkup Ave. - 185 Acres

Printable trail map

A beautiful retreat to nature, Sterne's Woods was added to Illinois' list of Nature Preserves in 1994, which ensures a high level of protection to the natural areas. It welcomes nature enthusiasts to wander through its woodlands with a system of rugged walking trails, marked paths for biking, cross country skiing and wagons rides in the fall. McHenry County's Conservation District's Prairie Trail South passes through Sterne's Woods and Veteran Acres Park. A nearby parking area, picnic shelter and restroom makes this woodland easily accessible and convenient.






  • Biking/Hiking Trail
  • Lake/Pond/Creek
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Walking Trail