Herrick Lake Forest Preserve Horse Trails

Herrick Road
Naperville, IL 60563
United States

The 887 acre Herrick Lake is home to an impressive variety of wildlife. Ecologists have recorded more than 254 types of year-round and migrating wildlife among the preserve’s 470 different types of plants.

The trails pass through mature upland woods, where stately 150-year-old white, red and bur oaks provide habitat for animals like woodpeckers, squirrels and owls. A portion of the horse trail passes near Herrick Lake with views of families enjoying picnics and fishing.  After passing the lake, the trails wind through meadows where deer, red foxes, dickcissels, savanna sparrows, and meadowlarks have all been spotted.  Finally, the trail sidles past the Herrick Marsh where lucky viewers have spotted great blue herons, egrets, and waterfowl.

Trail riding at Herrick Lake is a unique wildlife viewing adventure.


Open Dates

Year-round, conditions permitting

Distance and Terrain
6.0 miles

Designated horse trailer parking at Herrick Road lot.


east side of Herrick Road 0.25 mile south of Butterfield Road, Naperville, IL 60563