The McDonald Family Trail (Green)

The Ward & Diana McDonald Family Trail


River views, good examples of oak/hickory uplands forest and bottomlands forest, and a mysterious lost garden will greet you on the Ward & Diana McDonald Family Trail. Starting at the Lost Garden, be sure to take time to walk down (and then back up as it is one way) the rows of trees that was once the Lost Garden. A large concrete pad, once the foundation for a tea house, pillars, a short wall and old plantings tell a story of what was once here. After imagining Allerton’s Lost Garden, take the trail that is only the Green Trail as it goes back and forth across Willow Branch Creek.

Willow Branch Creek in the Spring

The trail crosses bottomland and upland forest and tree species change with elevation. Take notice of the oak-hickory dominance in the uplands and silver maple and scattered large bur oaks in the bottomlands. As you approach the Sangamon River, keep an eye out for white-tailed deer and raccoons feeding in the river beds.

Wanting to take a shorter hike? The trail has a shortcut, please see map.

There is one section of this trail that shares the path with another trail, the Blue Trail. Be sure to use the map placards and map brochures to find your way so you do not miss out on this unique part of the Allerton Park Natural Areas.