Preserve Hours of Operation
The Nachusa Grasslands Preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk. There are no modern facilities available; however, there is a Port–a–John located at 2075 Lowden Road, Franklin Grove, the main visitor entrance of the preserve. Also at the entrance is a small parking lot and an information kiosk with maps.
When is the preserve closed?
During Controlled Burns. In late fall and early spring, portions of the preserve will be closed for controlled burns.
During Hunting Season. Please note that the woodlands are closed during shotgun hunting season for deer. Shotgun hunting season runs the Friday through Sunday before Thanksgiving and the first full Thursday through Sunday in December. In 2017, the dates are November 17 to 19 and November 30 to December 3.
Where to Park and Enter
Construction on Nachusa’s new Visitor Center has begun. Watch for signs to the relocated parking area, informational kiosk, and outhouse. The main visitor use construction zone is fenced off, but you can still hike to the preserve overlook from the parking lot.
Park in designated lots if present, or pull completely off the roads. Please do not block the gates. Enter the trails through the designated fence openings. No climbing over any fences or entering the bison units.
Parking lots can be found in the following locations:
Meiner's Wetland — Located on Naylor Road, 2.4 miles southwest of the visitor center.
Clear Creek Knolls — 1.4 miles north of the visitor center, on Lowden Road.
Big Jump — 2.6 miles north of the visitor center, on Lowden Road.
Stone Barn Savanna — At the dead–end of Stone Barn Road, 2 miles northwest of the visitor center.
Carpenter Prairie — On Carthage Road, 2.4 miles northeast of the visitor center.