Wolf Road Prairie: An Abandoned Housing Development Turned Forest Preserve
|Surrounded by development which is obstructed by fog in this photo, this is a hidden gem of the area.|
It also has sidewalks that enter the woods. Why would the Cook County Forest Preserve destroy prairie land just to make it easier to walk? The answer is they didn't. The sidewalks hold the clue to what this area was supposed to be; another housing development.
I visited this area in December of 2020, and what was initially a very quiet snow year, that somehow managed to snow during my visit. But that made the pictures I took that much better, I think, as it really expresses the emptiness within an area almost completely surrounded by development.
|The "parking" area is a little bit of gravel on the side of 31st St, but its enough for a few cars.|
Looking on satellite imagery, you can see what this was supposed to be.
|Google Maps Satellite View. The "grid" of what would have been another housing development is still visible overhead.|
|A single tree sits above the prairie, in what otherwise looks like the aftereffects of nuclear winter.|
|On a normal day, the development doesn't seem so far away.|
The sidewalks inside the prairie are the only remnant of the development that was abandoned before any other construction took place.
|The sidewalks are a little difficult to maneuver, and plants are growing around them, showing Mother Nature is never too far away from taking over again.|
|Probably my favorite picture of the area.|
|There are sidewalks you can walk throughout the area, and as you'd expect, they all intersect one another.|
|Watch your step within the woods.|
|I love this place, it's an incredibly peaceful place, and shows just how much we've lost due to suburbanization and single family zoning.|
|Someone would've lived here much too close to the road, which is unfortunately far too common in the area.|