The Volo Bog State Nature Area was preserved from residential development in the 1930s by Cyrus Mark, the first president of the Nature Conservancy in Illinois. What appeared to the casual observer as a piece of soggy land has revealed itself as a complex and delicate ecosystem of birds, fish, and small mammals amongst others. There are two major trails for exploring the bogs. A 2.75-mile trail circles the bog, travelling through meadows and wetlands. The other trail is probably the more interesting, but shorter, of the two, with a raised boardwalk that extends for half of a mile directly into the bog itself.
The Drive In
The McHenry Outdoor Theater is more than just a relic of the past. The 1950s style drive-in theater is certainly retro, with little speakers to put in the car and low priced double features every night, but it is also a genuinely fun experience, be it for a family or a first date. The facility was threatened with being shut down in the early 2000s if it could not raise the money to convert to digital film, but was saved by a campaign on the Internet. Do not miss a chance to check out this throwback theater with a timeless appeal.