A Tortoise Is Your Guide At This Hidden Illinois Forest, Complete With A Bridge, Secret Cabin, Camping, And More
By Linze Rice|Published June 22, 2023
Ope! From the rural cornfields of DeKalb County, Linze is an Illinois native and true Midwestern gal who can make a mean bonfire and whip up a perfect marshmallow salad. Since 2014, her bylines and photography have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, and Block Club Chicago/DNAinfo Chicago, Only in Your State, and more. She has interviewed Dolly Parton, written about beloved diners along historic Route 66, visited the last Rainforest Cafe in the Illinois, and reviewed luxurious English manor-inspired hotels. Whether it's writing about a local gem or world-renowned establishment, Linze brings a heartwarming and historical perspective to each story, using facts, wit, and personal experience to impress upon readers the importance of culture, food, travel, and all things local. Her favorite destinations in Illinois include Starved Rock State Park, Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, the charming small town of Sycamore, and historic Rosehill Cemetery. When she's not writing or photographing, Linze enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband and pets, cooking, baking, and grilling, and relaxing with trashy TV.
The Prairie State is full of some of the most incredible parks and gardens in the country — from buffalo roaming fields of wildflowers to stunning cascading waterfalls. Growing up in the rural countryside of DeKalb County, Illinois, I was fortunate enough to have an incredible natural resource within a mile of my home. Set off from the highway, it often felt like a treasure all our own. While many have likely driven by its entrance unknowingly, this hidden forest in Genoa, Illinois is a must-visit for nature lovers.
So, would you visit this hidden forest in Genoa, Illinois? What activity would you want to do first? Have another go-to local forest preserve? Tell us in the comments! Start planning your trip now by checking out the Russell Woods website and Hoppe Heritage Farmstead website. And while you’re headed there, why not make it a full day trip to the charming town of Genoa? Spend the day with a local winery, family-owned coffee shop, cute architecture, great diners, and a local history museum!
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