This picturesque site offers a 2 mile hiking trail and 1.3 mile local horseback trail link, as well as opportunities for picnicking on the observation deck and wildlife watching through viewing scopes.
Situated in the upper reaches of the Boone Creek watershed, the 608 acre Boone Creek Conservation Area protects the headwaters, upland recharge areas, wetlands and creek corridors of the greater 13-mile Boone Creek.
The Boone Creek watershed drains roughly 23 square miles of McHenry, Greenwood, Door and Nunda Townships. Seeps and springs from the surrounding hillsides flow year round into the valley that forms the stream bed of Boone Creek, one of the highest quality streams in Illinois. And, within the watershed, over 1,000 acres have been protected thanks to a consortium of state, county, local organizations and passionate residents. Additional protection comes through the Illinois State Nature Preserve, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and private conservation easements.
To date, several known state endangered animal species are protected from having their habitat developed at Boone Creek Conservation Area including the American Bittern, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Osprey, Forster’s Tern, Upland Sandpiper, Blanding’s Turtle, the Slippershell Mussel and the state threatened Black-billed Cuckoo.