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Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria

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  • It is hard to believe but I was at the Grand Opening of Forrest Park. At that time I did not know how much I would love it in my retirement years. Great place to spend time with my son and...  more »
  • I love going to forest park and have been going with members of my family for years. It is one of the best hiking trails that I’ve ever been on!  more »
  • I grew up hiking the trails here. I've lived in a lot of places since then and I haven't found another park that as successfully pairs convenient location with quality natural habitat. Seeing deer and/or turkey on the trails is as close to guaranteed as you can get with nature. In my experience, Deer Run Trail along the property line of the park seems to be the best place for seeing wildlife as it offers the mix of woods with corn field for animals. The Nature Center itself is a great place all on its own with unique A-frame architecture, a gift store, educational displays, stuffed and live animals, and a bird feeder observation room with one-way glass. There are great educational programs year-round with the highlights being the Christmas Luminary Walks, Eagle Watch, and Herptology and Ornithology meetings.
  • It was a perfect day to get out and explore the trails! Not a lot of people there, the air was crisp and fresh. It was a truly spiritual experience!

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