Green Earth's Preserves
Green Earth owns and maintains six preserves in the Carbondale area, totaling over 220 acres.  Each site is open to the public for hiking during daylight hours.  Hiking trails are located within each of our preserves.  Most are approximately 1.0 mile in length and are easy to moderate in difficulty.  Learn more about our preserves and hiking trails by clicking the links below.
Brush Hill Preserve

Green Earth's oldest preserve is located in east Carbondale.  The site is 20 acres in size and offers the Herbie Beyler Trail.

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Oakland Preserve

The second property acquired by Green Earth is located in northwest Carbondale.  This site is 20 acres in size and offers two trails:  The Stan Harris Trail & the Woodland Trail.  

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Fernlands Preserve

Our most remote preserve is located south of Carbondale.  This beautiful woodland is 20 acres in size and offers The Arnold Family Trail.  

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Chautauqua Bottoms

This 7 acre preserve contains three trails that connect to SIUC and Carbondale Park District property making it our largest trail system.  Visitors can walk The Maurice Webb Trail, The David Kenney Trail, & The Woodland Spur.  

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Pyles Fork Preserve

Our newest and largest preserve.  This 124 acre hardwood bottomland is located in northeast Carbondale and protects the Pyles 
Fork Creek.  This preserve offers a one-mile trail that meanders through upland and lowland woods.  


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Flagland Demonstration Prairie

The smallest of our preserves, this one acre natural area is tucked within a residential setting and offers a small demonstration prairie and a young native tree and shrub hedgerow.  

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