Hiking at Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia

Why Red Oak Nature Center?
A bunch of short hikes for the kiddos, pleasing views of Fox Lake River, an intriguing small cave and a fairly equipped Nature Center. Can a FREE outdoor stopover get better than that?
How to Plan your visit?

• Hop in a car and set your GPS here.

• Pack the emergency hiking back-pack – I keep some water, packed food, sun-screen, bug-repellent, first-aid, analgesic, water-proof pouch for cellphone (a must have since I bricked my Pixel 2 in Everglades in this trip), sanitizer, soft tissues, towel and extra battery juice pack.

• Check the map and plan your trip. All of these hikes are fairly curt, so should be easy to cover them all.
Tip: Please don’t miss the caves on the far left!



The Hike

It’s tailor made for the kids – flat, shady and curt.


The trails had a cluster of trivia which kept kids and adults engrossed.


There is a small deck overlooking the Fox River.


There were a few slender trails along the way.


Each trail only took a few minutes.

IMG_20200816_180345Trailhead for the Bubo Trail

Some amusing things on display by the Mother Nature.


and by humans too.


The outdoor study center which has a deserted look, thanks to the pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named.


That’s it! For the ice-cream aficionados, the near-by highly rated Batavia Creamery is a gratifying way to wind up this summer hike.

image7Courtesy: BataviaCreamery.com

Interested in Hiking options around Naperville? Please check other hiking locations here.

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