The Sweeney Woods Preserve is one of the most accessible ParkLands preserves, highlighted by convenient river access, tame trails, and a prime example of the foundation’s restoration efforts.


  • 115 acres
  • 2.5 miles of hiking trails
  • 2 miles of river frontage
  • Canoe launch
  • Parking lot


Sweeney Woods Preserve is located 1.5 miles north of Lake Bloomington and 3 miles west of the Merwin Preserve in McLean County.  A gravel parking lot marks the western border of the preserve just south of where 1725E crosses the Mackinaw River at Coons River Ford Bridge near Kappa Road.

A public canoe launch is available under the south side of the bridge, serving as one of the few public access points along the river.


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Activities & Rules

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