A Cool Ride through Blackwell Forest Preserve

I rode to work today. On my way home, I was a block away from my house when I realized I didn’t really want to go home. So, I just kept on riding! It was rush hour and really hot out, so I thought I’d duck into Blackwell Forest Preserve and ride around the shaded grounds.


The 62-acre Silver Lake was formerly a rock quarry.

Blackwell Forest Preserve
is located in Warrenville just off of Butterfield Road, and the land it occupies was formed as the Wisconsin Glacier melted 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. I learned a fun fact today about the preserve when reading about its history: In 1977, park district employees unearthed the a 13,000-year-old woolly mammoth skeleton! Pretty cool! (Get it? Cool? Woolly mammoth?!)

Blackwell is also home to Mt. Hoy, a former landfill–which is not as bad as it sounds. The landfill is completely covered with lush grass now and provides a scenic overlook of the area. I haven’t climbed Mt. Hoy since moving to the region, but it has been on my list of things to do. (It’s quite a long list.)

Taking a quick break in the shade to cool down.

Winding throughout the preserve is a nicely paved road, so it’s great for motorcycle or pedal bike rides. Going through the heavily-shaded sections and feeling that suddenly cool air rush over my skin was so refreshing. Hooray for mesh jackets! In fact, it felt so good, I made two trips around the preserve! Ha ha. 🙂

Before I knew it, the sun began to set, and it was time to get home!

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