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Bicycle riders to try new Century Trail in DuPage County forest preserves

Bike rides along the new route will be part of the centennial celebration.
Bike rides along the new route will be part of the centennial celebration.

As part of its yearlong centennial celebration, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will unveil its new 100-mile commemorative DuPage Forest Preserves Century Trail at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at its headquarters at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton. Bicycle rides are scheduled.

The kickoff event, which runs until noon at 3S580 Naperville Road, will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and 5-, 10- and 15-mile looped bike rides starting at 9 a.m.

Teams, fun shirts and costumes are welcome, and the first 500 registrants will receive a special gift. Turn-by-turn directions and a Map My Ride DuPage Forest Preserves Century Trail route will be available.

The morning will feature exhibits on trail etiquette, bike safety, and DuPage County plants and animals, along with information on how visitors can earn free golf and collector’s pins with the District’s centennial golf, hiking and biking challenges.

The DuPage Forest Preserves Century Trail travels through 33 forest preserves, including the District’s 10 most popular: Blackwell, McDowell Grove, Greene Valley, Waterfall Glen, Fullersburg Woods, York Woods, Mallard Lake, Pratt’s Wayne Woods, Danada and Herrick Lake.  

It also features 11 informational signs that point out historical details, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps’ effect on Fullersburg Woods, the discovery of a 13,000-year-old woolly mammoth skeleton at Blackwell, and the reason the county’s second-largest preserve is called Waterfall Glen.

“As you explore this scenic commemorative trail, you’ll not only get your daily dose of nature, but also pick up fascinating facts about the forest preserves themselves,” Forest Preserve District President Joe Cantore said in a District press release.

The trail was the result of a collaborative effort between the Forest Preserve District and a group of community volunteers who wanted a special way to mark the agency’s centennial.

“Our forest preserves are beautiful places with so many ways to enjoy them,” stated Terry Witt, a member of the centennial community group and director of advocacy at Spin Doctor Cyclewerks in Bartlett. “Taking a bicycle ride on our trails is a fun way to recognize and celebrate the first 100 years of all the efforts that protect our environment.”

“The Century Trail provides another avenue for DuPage County residents to connect with nature, while also exploring the preserves’ rich history,” added Forest Preserve District Commissioner Jeff Redick, District 2.

The trail kickoff is one of many events and programs celebrating the Forest Preserve District’s centennial in 2015. For a complete listing, visit dupageforest.org/100years.

For information on all the District's attractions and programs, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org.

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