By Fuzzy Monkey
Photo Album – Boger Bog Conservation Area
The Boger Bog Conservation Area is one of the parks in the McHenry County Conservation District. Located in Bull Valley, IL Boger Bog Conservation Area consist of 37 acres.
Boger Bog Conservation Area contains a single .5 mile trail. Boger Bog is so named from the man who donated the land Frederick C Boger. A wonderful interpretative sign in the park talks about Mr. Boger. Much of the land the district has been donated but few actually mention the donors themselves. Having this knowledge makes one wonder what type of person Mr. Boger must have been. Signs of this house made of railroad ties still exist. Although not a huge park in comparison to the others in the district, Boger Bog is well done.
Several interpretative signs through-out the park allow visitors opportunities to learn more about the park they are enjoying. For example one sign points out Boger Bog is not actually a bog but rather a ganoid fen. Hikers will also notice signs of civilization from the discarded forks from a forklift, drainage pipe and various other pieces laying about the park.
The park contains a single .5 mile loop for hiking. The trail winds through the park in a nice circular fashion. The terrain is gently rolling hills but is easily suitable for all ages and experience. There are few views of the surrounding area since the trail runs through mostly forest. The park packs a lot in its 37 acres, and contains a nice board walk, a council ring with fireplace and small shelter.
The main parking lot can accommodate 6 vehicles and 1 handicap vehicle. Boger Bog does have a single restroom. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Fuzzy Monkey’s Advise on hiking Boger Bog
My visit to Boger Bog was during the summer of 2011 (July 25, 2011). I did not carry water with me during this hike. I left my water bottle in the car which turned out to be fine for this park. I recommend bringing your own water as there is none available at the park. A single restroom and shelter round out the amenities at Boger Bog.
I really enjoyed by visit to Boger Bog. The park is nicely done and although there is not an abundant amount of hiking, there is plenty to learn and see at Boger Bog. I also found a memorial tree plaque for Barbara Folz dating to 1971.
I wore shorts, a button down cotton shirt, hiking shoes, hat, and socks. If I had to do it all over again, I’d wear light hiking pants even when its hot to keep the sun off. I’d also recommend a pair of sunglasses. Boger Bog is suited best for short visits.
I visited during the week and the only people I saw were from the McHenry Conservation District checking and tending to the park. Hikers can find a self guided map at the kiosk by the parking lot or download it from the McHenry County Conservation District website. For more park reviews please visit my McHenry County Hiking post.
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