Check out these 10 amazing 360-degree views

Enjoy the scenery from all angles even when you're not there

No matter how big or small the preserve may be, there is some amazing scenery to take in while out and about on the trails. Now, thanks to technology, you don't even have to be outside to enjoy it.

Our very popular 360-degree photos showcase some incredible scenery across the District's 23,000 acres of land and provide the full view from all angles. They're also a great way for anyone to enjoy the scenery, especially those who may not be able to go on a long hike to get to these cool spots within the preserves.

We've selected the top 10 favorites from our collection, which we hope inspires you to step outside and explore a preserve near you.

Tap or click inside each photo to explore the full view.


Rock Run Rookery Preserve

A walk down to the end of the trail can yield some very colorful sunset views.

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

We've shown off the Big Bridge on the Plum Creek Greenway Trail in a number of ways, and if you've been out to the preserve, you've likely soaked in the scenery from atop the 267-foot-long bridge. But the view from down below is pretty sweet as well.

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve

Be prepared to witness an impressive display of herons, egrets and cormorants nesting on the islands during the summer. This shot was taken in the winter to give people a unique look at the nesting structures on an episode of "The Buzz."

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

The foundational ruins of the once bustling factory — which shut down in the 1930s — tell both the Iron Works' human story as well as its manufacturing one.

Keepataw Preserve

This preserve is on the site of an old limestone quarry, where bluffs were carved from the mining that took place there around the turn of the century.

A remnant of the quarry remains in the form of a single smokestack from the old kiln.

Isle a la Cache Preserve

Take a hike along the natural surface trail in search of wildlife while enjoying the view of the Des Plaines River.

Monee Reservoir

The 46-acre lake is associated with a wetland habitat, and the surrounding preserve is home to more than 120 bird species.

Hammel Woods

When the first piece of the preserve was acquired in 1930, it consisted of 137 acres. Over the years, Hammel Woods has grown to a 445-acre parcel along the DuPage River.


Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

If hikes on natural surface trails are your thing, then this is one location you'll want to check out. During the fall, the colors can be amazing.

Hammel Woods

When hiking here for the first time, coming upon this spot tucked deep inside the preserve is definitely a pleasant surprise.


Lead image taken at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve. View the full 360-degree view.

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