Enjoy a Sunny Day at the St. James Farm Forest Preserve

walking in the forest

Nestled in nearby Warrenville is a scenic destination known as the St. James Farm Forest Preserve

Spanning nearly 600 acres, it’s partially made up of woodlands, prairies, and wetlands.

History 

The first settlers on the land were European farmers, and several structures from the 1800s farmsteads remain. 

However, the property is best known as the retreat for the McCormick family. Chauncey and Marion acquired the first 203 acres in 1920. They built a colonial-style stable for their horses and a state-of-the-art dairy barn for their Guernsey cows. Over time, the couple acquired more land, and their son sold St. James Farm to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in 2000.

Preserve highlights include:

Trails

The picturesque trails lead bikers, hikers, and horseback riders through the preserve’s natural areas. Interpretive signs along the way describe the area’s history, and animals such as fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied woodpeckers may also be spotted. 

Fishing 

Fishing is a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon while at the same time improving your dexterity and cardiovascular health. The pond allows for catch-and-release fishing and is stocked with bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass. 

Picnicking 

Picnicking is a fun pastime, and several tables are found near the farm’s former dressing arenas. So pack a basket full of fried chicken, deviled eggs, and lemonade and meet your friends for an enjoyable afternoon outdoors. 

Water-Trough Fountain

Created by Marcia Weese in 1985, this fountain is often used by equestrian competitors to water their horses. The fountain is in perfect symmetry, and the rolled edges of the marble pools look and feel like the muzzle of a horse. 

The St. James Forest Preserve is less than eight miles from Marq on Main. If you are looking for a place to call home, please contact our leasing office to arrange a tour. We’d love to show you our offerings firsthand. 

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