Preserve Hours of Operation
The Nachusa Grasslands Preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. Visitors may hike anywhere except inside the fenced North and South Bison Units.
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.
Where to Park and Enter
Nachusas Grasslands Visitor Center
2075 Lowden Road, Franklin Grove IL
Open dawn to dusk 7 days a week
Additional parking lots can be found in the following locations:
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.