Schurmeier Teaching Forest is 52 acres of heavily wooded forest. The multi-use trails are shared by hikers, cross-country skiers, and equestrians. The rugged hillsides have examples both of new growth forest where the forest was managed with logging and beautiful examples of old growth timber in the deeper ravines. In the second flattest state in the nation, Schurmeier Teaching Forest steps built in to the hillside provide a unique workout for your horse.
The western 11 acres are dedicated to Illinois's only teaching forest. While enjoying the cool shade of the forest, educational signs and a self-guided tour booklet will instruct you on Illinois native tree identification and common forestry practices. There aren't many horse trails where you can learn something while you're out and about, making Schurmeier Teaching Forest a unique equestrian experience.
After your ride, relax for a picnic in the well-maintained picnic shelter surrounded by native prairie plants and flowers.