The Byron Forest Preserve has hundreds of acres of prairie and woodlands for all to appreciate. The landscape provides an opportunity to see how most of Illinois looked hundreds of years ago. Enjoy hiking trails, picnic shelters, an observatory, seeing rare and endangered prairie plants, and much more!
The Jarrett Prairie Center has interpretive exhibits, educational programs, and a gift shop. Go to the Jarrett Prairie Center's link for more detailed information on its offerings as a Meeting & Event facility.
During the winter months, we rent skis, sleds, and snowshoes for your enjoyment. Rentals are available during normal Jarrett Prairie Center business hours. The fee is $5/hour. Call 815-234-8535 ext 200 for more information. Also, enjoy our sled hill during the snowy season. It's located on the west end of the Jarrett Center.
Byron Forest Preserve District’s Preserve Guides & Trail Maps
The Byron Forest Preserve District's Preserve Guide and Trail Maps feature a road map of District boundaries with the locations of the District’s nine different preserves, golf course, and other indoor facilities on the front side. The backside shows detailed individual preserve maps, trail guides, special preserve features, and other information needed to enjoy the outdoors.
Where to obtain the guides
The free Preserve Guides and Trail Maps are available for people to pick from an outdoor box located in front of the Jarrett Prairie Center, located at 7993 North River Road in Byron. Trail maps are also available at each preserve.