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Spring Hollow hike set for Saturday

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:23 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Area residents have the chance to explore a nature preserve shaped by a glacier that moved through more than 12,000 years ago.

Local conservation expert Dave Brandt will lead a hike at the Spring Hollow Nature Preserve, 1314 S. Fleming Road, Woodstock. The Land Conservancy of McHenry County-sponsored event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The preserve – once the home of land restoration and preservation pioneers Dick and Betty Babcock and now home to their daughter and her family – takes its unique character from the last glacier to move through the county, according to a news release from the Land Conservancy.

The space features oak woods, woodland wildflowers, springs, seeps, a stream, wetlands and views of the Boone Creek valley.

Hikers should come prepared for unpaved trails.

Registration for the free event can be made by emailing Brandt at or by calling the Land Conservancy's office at 815-337-9502.

For more information on the Land Conservancy, visit

–Shawn Shinneman

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