The forest preserves provide over 11,503 acres of protected land for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Lush woods, picturesque streams, dramatic cliffs and dells, unspoiled prairies and native wildlife are treasures to be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages. Hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, golf and cross-country skiing are recreational activities available at sites throughout the county. Check out the events calendar on our website to find out about dozens of opportunities to celebrate and learn about nature and outdoor recreation. Reserve campsites and tee times on-line.