The Merwin Nature Preserve

From Bloomington/Normal:

  • Take I-55 North to the Towanda exit.
  • At the top of the ramp turn left (North) on McLean County Highway 29.
  • Continue North approximately 2-1/2 miles until you reach the “T” intersection.
  • At the “T” intersection, turn right (East).
  • After crossing the Money Creek bridge, turn left (North) on Hwy. 29.
  • Continue North on Hwy. 29 for 3-1/2 miles until you come to the 4-way stop at the intersection of Hwy. 29 and Hwy. 8 (Lake Bloomington Road).
  • At the stop sign continue North on Hwy. 29.
  • While driving North, you will see the Merwin Nature Preserve prairie restoration area to your right.
  • The West Gate parking lot will be on your right immediately after you cross the Mackinaw River bridge.


Lexington Preserve

From Bloomington/Normal:

  • Take I-55 North to the Lexington exit.
  • At the top of the ramp, turn right (East) on McLean County Highway 8 towards the town of Lexington.
  • At the “T” intersection, turn right (South).
  • At the Freedom gas station, turn right (South) on to Spencer St.
  • See Yahoo map of Lexington.
  • Continue South on Spencer St. until you come to the Timber Ridge road.
  • Turn onto the Timber Ridge road and follow it approximately 1/2 West until you see the green ParkLands gate.
  • This is the Eastern border of the Lexington Preserve and the site of the ParkLands Memorial Grove.
  • The Dorothy Shelley Wildflower Prairie is approximately 1/4 mile down the dirt road West of the parking gate.

Letcher Basin Preserve 

From Bloomington/ Normal 

  • Take  I-39 N/US-51 N to exit 8 for IL-251 toward Kappa/Lake Bloomington Rd
  • Turn right onto IL-251 N
  • Turn left to stay on IL-251 N
  • Continue straight onto County Rd 600 N
  • Continue on County Road 2000 E.
  • Take Denman Rd to County Rd 400 N
  • Turn left onto County Road 2000 E (County Road 2000 E turns right and becomes County Road 475 N)
  • Turn left onto County Rd 1975 E/Denman Rd
  • Continue to follow Denman Rd then  Turn right onto County Rd 400 N.  The road will dead end into our gate. Please park in designated area.  


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