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Year of the Park, A to Z: Middlefork Forest Preserve; Video Feature

As Year of the Park continues, we will be documenting every park in Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy, Champaign County Forest Preserves, along with other odds and ends between July 2020 and more like August or September 2021. You can see what has been covered thus far by clicking here. If you have suggestions or ideas or feedback, feel free to contact us at [email protected].


Middlefork Forest Preserve 


3485 County Rd. 2700 E, Penfield 


wild flowers in a prairie

Photo by Seth Fein. 

The simple truth for me is that I am sort of obsessed with the cosmos; always have been. I’ve read enough Carl Sagan to be hooked. This is a Dark Sky Park, and a whole lot more. See the video above. And read about it here. Middlefork is a delight. 

overhead view of the lake at Middlefork

Photo by Tim Bailey. 


One day, and I don’t know when, things will not look as they do now. We’ve all been suffering in our own ways. I just want it to end, too. But it isn’t right now. But one day, it might, and that should be enough. 

a path meanders through the woods at Middlefork

Photo by Tim Bailey. 

My recommendation? But a telescope, or just reach out to some foks, and get access to one. Do look at the stars; do dream beyond the moment. It is worth your time. 

Woods with a small river lake in it

Photo by Tim Bailey. 
Top image by Tim Bailey. 

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