Explore the Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve


Nestled in nearby Oak Brook is a prime wildlife haven in an urban setting. We’re talking about the Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, and it offers visitors much to see and do over 220 acres!


Nature Education Center

The Nature Education Center offers an interactive introduction to the local environment. It’s where visitors learn how to identify common birds and see a woolly mammoth skeleton that dates back 13,000 years. They can also ask the staff nature-related questions and look through a microscope to examine the creatures that call DuPage County home.

Ben Fuller House

Built around 1840, this house is thought to be the oldest surviving structure in DuPage County. It’s also one of the earliest remaining examples of balloon frame construction, which revolutionized the construction of wood building across the globe by using inexpensive machine cut boards instead of hand-hewn joints and massive timbers. It was once the home of Ben Fuller, the founder of Fullersburg.

Graue Mill and Museum

Nestled in the preserve’s southern corner, the Graue Mill and Museum is an authenticated Underground Railroad “station” as well as the only operating waterwheel gristmill in Illinois. Guides demonstrate milling, spinning and weaving to illustrate life between 1850 and 1890.


The preserve features several miles of multi-purpose trails where guests can hike, bike, and horseback ride in the spring, summer, and fall, and cross-country ski and snowshoe all winter. One of the highlights is the 1.3-mile interpretive trail that meanders through lowland woods and restored prairies. Along the way, visitors can learn about the natural history of DuPage County.

During the winter months, snowshoes are available for rental at the Nature Education Center. Get fresh air, exercise, and learn more about the local area year-round!

The Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve is just one of the attractions near Residence at the Links. If you would like to call our community home, please contact us.

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