With the addition of the new bicycle bridge and the DuPage River Trail at Knoch Knolls, more people have been walking or riding through the beautiful woodland. In addition to the new paved trail, there are established grass, gravel, and mulch trails that allow visitors to see much more of the natural landscape. While the park has much to offer in every season, spring is especially lovely with the spring flowers blooming.
The photos here are from a walk taken in Knoch Knolls on Thursday, April 5, when the Bluebells were in full bloom in the picnic grove and scattered throughout the woods. We also saw May-apples, Dutchman’s Britches, and Red Trillium. Wildlife sightings included several deer and a bluebird.
The prairie had just been through a controlled burn, which helps to keep the weeds under control and allows the native plants to flourish. In just a few weeks, this prairie will be green and lush.
My favorite part of the walk was reaching the confluence, where the East and West Branches of the DuPage River come together. The sun sparkled on the water in a scene that seemed miles away from the busy streets of Naperville.
Come out and explore Knoch Knolls for yourself! The trails are waiting and there is much to be discovered.