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Goose Lake Prairie Natural Area
[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ full_width=”” padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ animation=”” type=”” bg_color=”” bg_position=”top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_cover=”false” bg_attachment=”false” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ enable_parallax=”” parallax_speed=”0.1″ bg_video_src_mp4=”” bg_video_src_ogv=”” bg_video_src_webm=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_single_image image=”248″ alignment=”” style=”” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_blank” css_animation=”” image_hovers=”true” img_size=”600×350″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_column_text css_animation=””]Lace up those hiking boots, and pack your camera lens! Just a few minutes southeast of downtown Morris lies a 2,500 acre sea of tall grasses, lakes and walking paths known as Goose Lake Prairie Nature Preserve, one of the largest restored prairies in Illinois.

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Starved Rock & Matthiessen State Parks
[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ full_width=”” padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ animation=”” type=”” bg_color=”” bg_position=”top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_cover=”false” bg_attachment=”false” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ enable_parallax=”” parallax_speed=”0.1″ bg_video_src_mp4=”” bg_video_src_ogv=”” bg_video_src_webm=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_column_text css_animation=””]With almost 5,000 acres combined, Starved Rock State Park and neighboring Matthiessen State Park contain a breathtaking collection of rivers, streams and valley trails winding through dramatic sandstone canyons! A must see in central IL.

Starved Rock:

  • Location: 2668 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Information: (815) 667-4726   www.starvedrockstatepark.org
  • Hours: Open 24 hours. Hiking after dark not recommended.

 

Matthiessen:

  • Location: IL-178, North Utica, IL 61373
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. May be challenging to some guests.
  • Information: (815) 667-4868  www.stateparks.com/matthiessen
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ full_width=”” padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ animation=”” type=”” bg_color=”” bg_position=”top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_cover=”false” bg_attachment=”false” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ enable_parallax=”” parallax_speed=”0.1″ bg_video_src_mp4=”” bg_video_src_ogv=”” bg_video_src_webm=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_single_image image=”243″ alignment=”” style=”” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_blank” css_animation=”” image_hovers=”true” img_size=”600×300″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_column_text css_animation=””]In this reconstructed grassland, formerly the location of the Joliet Arsenal, researchers, biologists, ecologists and local partners are working to restore this incredible, 30 mile area to its natural state.

  • Location: 30239 S. Route 53, Wilmington, IL 60481
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy, flat
  • Information: (815) 423-6370  www.fs.usda.gov/main/midewin
  • Hours: The Welcome Center is open 8-4:30, M-F in the winter and 8-4:30 M-S April thru October. Trails are open 4am-10pm every day.

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Santa Fe Prairie Nature Preserve
[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ full_width=”” padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ animation=”” type=”” bg_color=”” bg_position=”top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_cover=”false” bg_attachment=”false” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ enable_parallax=”” parallax_speed=”0.1″ bg_video_src_mp4=”” bg_video_src_ogv=”” bg_video_src_webm=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_column_text css_animation=””]Adventurers, historians and hikers, look here. The “birth of the prairie restoration movement” took place right here in the Santa Fe Prairie. One of the smallest, rarest, and highest-quality remnants of Illinois’ mid-western landscape.

  • Location: 7100 River Road, Hodgkins, IL 60525‎
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate, no paths.
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

 

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Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ full_width=”” padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ animation=”” type=”” bg_color=”” bg_position=”top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_cover=”false” bg_attachment=”false” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ enable_parallax=”” parallax_speed=”0.1″ bg_video_src_mp4=”” bg_video_src_ogv=”” bg_video_src_webm=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_single_image image=”446″ alignment=”” style=”” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_blank” css_animation=”” image_hovers=”true” img_size=”600×300″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=””][vc_column_text css_animation=””]Located just outside the historic canal town of Lemont, is Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Filled with prairies, savannas, oak-maple woodlands, and scenic overlooks, this preserve is incredibly popular as a cross-country skiing opportunity in the winter months.

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