People hiking in the wooded area of Spring Valley

Enjoy the Outdoor Living Museum at Spring Valley

Autumn is not only a time of peak foliage; for many, it’s a time of peak enjoyment. Crisper air and cooler temperatures make it so much more delightful to spend the day outside. Luckily for you, you’re only a few minutes from a nature refuge that allows you to explore nature’s full bounty. Spring Valley in nearby Schaumburg is a 135-acre park that bills itself as an “outdoor living museum“.

In fact, you can relax in the soothing sounds of nature, enjoy a calm stroll on the hiking trails, or even enjoy a stop at the complex’s 1880s living history farm.

The Wonder of Nature

Spring Valley offers three miles of handicapped-accessible hiking trails, which open to the public daily at 8 a.m. The Illinois Habitats Trail will take you through prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats. The Footprints on the Land Trail will bring you on a “journey through time” to investigate the connections between people and the land over the last thousand years.

Taking a hike and it starts to rain? Then head to shelter at the Vera Meineke Nature Center. This is an “earth-sheltered” museum, which houses various exhibits and a gift shop. The center includes discovery niches to set you on a path of natural exploration.

Local Heritage

Sometime before its closing on December 1st, make sure to visit Spring Valley’s Volkening Heritage Farm, an authentic experience which hearkens back to Schaumburg’s distant past. You can visit the livestock, participate in farm activities, and even play nineteenth-century games.

Have you ever wanted to host a party or event in a genuine log cabin? Merkle Cabin is available for private rental. Along with your guests, you can enjoy relaxation amidst a grove of whispering pines.

Learn More About Spring Valley

Hancock Square at Arlington Station is adjacent to so much culture in Chicago, yet it’s also close proximity to the natural treasures of Illinois. Contact us for more information about the enriched residential experience at our amazing community.

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