Heron County Park

What To Know

Our newest County Park was dedicated May 20, 2006

It’s 80-acres located at the north end of Lake Vermilion
on West Newell Road, Danville, Illinois

Heron County Park Sign

Dedicated On

May 20, 2006

total acres

80+ Acres


950ft Floating


Surrounding Boardwalk

Wildlife Viewing

Great Blue Herons & More

Why is Heron County Park significant?

  • Wildlife viewing
  • 950-foot floating boardwalk, the second largest boardwalk in Illinois
  • Site of a large Great Blue Heron rookery

  • Bald Eagle and River Otter sightings

  • Sandhill Crane nesting site
  • Wetlands

Special Features

  • Eagle View Tower, timber-framed viewing tower, 8 and 16-foot viewing platforms, ADA accessible
  • Hegeler Shelter
  • Heron Park Nature Trail, one-mile self guided interpretive trail on the north side of park
  • Waterfowl hunting
Eagle View Tower Ramp Heron Park

Eagle View Tower

The Foundation assisted with funds toward the construction of the observation tower and totally funded the ADA accessible ramp.

Heron County Park Wetlands Boardwalk

Wetlands Boardwalk

950ft Floating Boardwalk

Heron County Park Hegler Shelter1

Hegeler Shelter

Donated in 2006 by Julius W. Hegler II

Heron County Park Nature Trail

Heron Nature Trail

Directly across from Heron Park Parking Lot is Heron Nature Trail. An easy, 1-mile trail winding through a tall grass prairie and along a long-standing ox-bow lake.

Blue Heron County Park

Wildlife Viewing

Blue Herons, Geese, Turtles and more!

Eagle Lookout Observation Tower At Heron County Park

VCCF Projects

  • 30-foot timber-framed observation tower
  • Walkway accessible to physically disabled
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