Delshire Preserve

Delshire Preserve is home to some of the most spectacular wildflowers in our network of preserves. 

The 13.4 acre Delshire Preserve was created in 1996 and is owned by the Western Wildlife Corridor. Read about how this preserve came to be here.

Primary access to the property is from the corner of Felicia Drive and Feist Manor Drive near the Delhi Swim Club. Reach Felicia from Mt. Alverno by turning south onto old Pedretti Avenue, and then left onto Felicia.

The Delshire Preserve is bound by Cloverhill Terrace on the North, Hillside Ave. on the south, the cul-de-sacs of Eagle Point, Redstar and Fairdale on the East and Fiest Manor, Gertrude Rose and Delhi Swim Club on the West. The terrain is hilly with multiple small creek valleys with grade variation from approximately 580′ – 855′ above sea level. The preserve is primarily deciduous growth, and has a large expanse of perennial Bluebell Flowers on the eastern slope of the creek that dissects the property. The Delshire Preserve is home to an approximately 200 year old Burr Oak on western slope. Deer are a common sight on the property.

Secondary access to the property is on the north side of Hillside Ave approximately 0.5 miles west of the intersection of Hillside and River Rd. Parking is very limited.

Things to remember:

  • Dogs are welcome on the trails, but please be considerate of other hikers and clean up after your pets and keep dogs on a leash.
  • Mountain bikes, horses, and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails. Foot traffic only.
  • Hunting is prohibited for the safety of other hikers and our neighbors.
  • Camping is prohibited.
  • Camp fires are prohibited.
  • Be prepared for varying trail conditions. Many trails are slippery in wet weather.
  • Trails go up and down steep, rugged terrain and should only be used by persons who are in good physical condition.
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Don’t hike alone.
  • Dress for the weather, and wear suitable shoes.
  • Travel at your own risk.
  • Do not remove plants or items from the preserve.
  • Do make sure to take your trash with you to dispose of properly. No dumping.

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