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Afton Forest Preserve – DeKalb, Illinois

Aston Forest Preserve, located a few miles south of DeKalb, Illinois is relatively near a large town but still far enough away from city lights for the Milky Way to be slightly visible. It is extremely quiet and offers great views of the horizon in every direction. There is a small pavilion and plenty of…read more »

Aston Forest Preserve, located a few miles south of DeKalb, Illinois is relatively near a large town but still far enough away from city lights for the Milky Way to be slightly visible. It is extremely quiet and offers great views of the horizon in every direction. There is a small pavilion and plenty of room for lawn chairs and blankets. There is also parking available. The park is open to all visitors and pets (so long as they are leashed). During the day, Afton offers lovely prairie views along with bird watching opportunities, catch-and-release fishing, a paved path for joggers, bikes or those who prefer a paved route leading to a look out tower, many other trails, and shelters and charcoal grills for picnickers. “Definitely my favorite place to stargaze.”

Deborah Byrd

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