is an excellent example of one of the few
remaining natural Illinois prairie habitats.
The Prairie is owned and managed by the
Downers Grove Park District. The efforts of
the District have been rewarded by the
Prairie's official designation by the State
as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Belmont
Prairie supports more than 135 species of
plant and animal wildlife and provides an
excellent educational and cultural resource
for the benefit of District residents and
visitors from farther afield.
The Prairie contains a wide variety of
quadra-seasonal grasses and other plants and
flowers in an undisturbed setting. The
animal wildlife that may be observed
includes fox, raccoons, meadow voles,
opossums, ground squirrels, garter snakes
and, occasionally, white-tailed deer. A
nature trail provides pedestrian access. The
prairie is served by a six-car parking lot
located on Cross Street.
Hours are dawn to dusk.
The Belmont Prairie is located west of the
Downers Grove Golf Course at Haddow Ave. and
Cross Street. Parking is available at the
trail head on Cross Street.
note: There are no dogs, bikes, or
cross-country skis allowed in the Natural
Areas. Thank you for your cooperation.
more information on Belmont Prairie:
in Chicago Wilderness magazine: