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United States Corn Belt,
Julien Dubuque's GraveDubuque, IANorth end of Mines of Spain State Park
Mt. Hosmer City ParkLansing, IATake 6th street north from IA 9 in Lansing.
Pikes Peak State ParkMcGregor, IAFrom McGregor take IA 340 south to Pikes Peak Road
Rural Jackson CountyJackson, IA
Yellow River State ForestMarquette, IANorthwest of IA 76, right on State Forest Road (CR B25)
Ayers Sand PrairieSavanna, ILFrom Savanna at the jct. Hwys. 52 & 84, take Hwy. 84 south 2.7 miles south to Airport road, then turn and go east 0.5 mile. The nature preserve is north of the road.
Bliss Woods Forest PreserveSugar Grove, ILSouth of 47 past Sugar Grove, east on Bliss Road to preserve entrance
Bluff Spring FenElgin, ILBehind cemetery on Bluff City Blvd. Enter through the cemetary east gate.
Boone Creek FenWoodstock, ILSouth Valley Hill Road, South of Bull Valley Road, McHenry, Co. IL
Buffalo Grove PrairieBuffalo Grove, ILPrivate property. Limited Access.
Castle Rock State ParkOregon, ILAbout 3 miles south of Oregon on IL 2. For the nature preserve look for unmarked gravel road just south of the overlook parking lot.
Colored Sands Bird Banding StationRockton, ILFrom Rockton go east on Rockton Rd then north on Prarie Rd to east Yale Bridge Rd. north on Hauley Rd and east on Hass Rd to the preserve.
Cook County, IL
Coral Woods Conservations AreaMarengo, ILFrom Marengo go east on US 20 about 3.2 miles then west on Coral Road to the marked entrance on Somerset Drive
David Schwaegler's HomeLake in the Hills, IL
Deer Grove Forest PreservePalatine, ILTo access the Illinis Nature Preserve after entering from Quentin Road between Dundee Road and Lake Cook Road stay right and look for the nature preserve sign at a trail head on the right.
Dixie Briggs FrommAlgonquin, ILFrom Randall Rd in McHenry County go south to County Line Rd east to Sleepy Hollow Rd, south 0.4 miles to Wynnfield, east about 0.2 miles then left on Lawndale about 0.1 miles to Eastmore. Enter the preserve at the end of the street.
Freeman Kame Forest PreserveGilberts, ILOn Freeman Road between Galligan and Powers northwest of Gilberts
Garfield ParkChicago, ILNorth of Eisenhower Expressway at exit 26a
Glacial ParkMcHenry, ILNorth on Illinois 31 to Harts Road, turn left (west) to park entrance.
Goose Lake PrairieMorris, ILSouth on 47 from Morris. East on CR 19 (Pine Bluff), North on Jugtown Rd to park.
Harlem Hills PrairieLoves Park, ILExit I-90 at E. Riverside. Go west to N Alpine, turn right (north) join Forest Hills Rd. Turn right onto Flora. Prairie is on the right.
Hennig/Kloempken Marsh and SavannaHuntley, ILGo west from Huntley on Main, then right on Marengo Rd. right (north) on Diekman
Illinois Beach State ParkZion, ILEast on Wadsworth Rd. from Sheridan Rd. Follow signs to nature preserve.
Illinois Waterway Visitors CenterNorth Utica, ILExit I-80 onto IL 178 south through North Utica. Just before the bridge over the Illinois River turn left (east) onto McKinley road and proceed to the well-marked visitor center.
Jo Daviess CountyElizabeth, ILNorthwestern most county in Illinois. US 20 bisects the county.
Johnson's Mound Forest PreserveElburn, ILSouth on IL 47 then east on Hughes Road to preserve entrance
Kane County, IL
Lake Bluff Ravine ParkLake Bluff, ILAlong Sylvan Road
Larsen PrairieLake in the Hills, ILAlong the MCCD Prairie Path
Lost Mound Unit of Upper Mississippi River NWRSavanna, ILEnter on Army Depot Road off IL 84 between Savanna and Hanover
Lyons Woods Forest PreserveWaukegan, ILLyons Woods is located between Zion and Waukegan on Blanchard Road just west of Sheridan Road.
Matthiessen State ParkOglesby, ILFrom I-80 go south on IL 178 through Utica and past IL 71 to the park.
Mississippi Palisades S.P.Savanna, ILFrom Savanna go North on 84 to park entrance.
Moraine Hills SPMcHenry, ILFrom Crystal Lake take 176 east, then S. River Road north. Park is on right past Griswold Lake.
Nachusa GrasslandsNachusa, ILTake Route 64 and go west towards Oregon 16 miles to Daysville Road. Go south on Daysville for 2.5 miles to Lowden Road. Turn right and continue southwards on Lowden Road for 8 miles past Stone Barn Road to entrance.
Nachusa Grasslands Stone Barn SavannaNachusa, ILThe trailhead is at the west end of Stone Barn Road that is accessed from Lowden Road north of the Visitor's Center
Nachusa Grasslands Thelma Carpenter PrairieNachusa, ILFrom the Visitor Center go north on Lowen east on Stone Barn Road then south on Carthage watch for sign on west side. Park along the road.
Pembroke Savanna Nature PreserveKankakee, ILSearch for Pembroke Savanna Nature Preserve on Google Maps and follow the directions that will take you to a small entry drive where you can park.
Pine Rock Nature PreserveOregon, ILGo east from Oregon on IL 64 turn south on Pine Rock Road. Look for nature preserve signs on fence. There are no trails.
Snuffy's PrairieWest Dundee, ILFrom Huntley Rd go north on Oak
Spring Bluff Nature PreserveWinthrop Harbor, ILIn Winthrop Harbor, at the jct of Sheridan Ave. (Rt. 173) and Main St. (approx. 0.75 mile south of the Wisc. St. line).
Starved Rock State ParkOttawa, ILAlong Illinois 71 between I-39 on the west and and Illinois 23 on the east.
Thomson-Fulton Sand PrairieFulton, ILFrom the intersection of Highway 84 and Highway 136 in Fulton, take Highway 84 north for 3 miles to a county road (Lock Rd.). Turn west on this road, cross the railroad tracks and turn north again on the sand road.
Trout Park Nature PreserveElgin, ILEast of Duncan Avenue, just south of I-90.
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife RefugeThomson, ILHeading south on IL 78 from Savanna toward Fulton there are many signs and turn offs leading west to the river.
Volo BogVolo, ILGo north from Volo on US 12, turn left (west) on Lake Sullivan Rd, then right (north) on Brandenburg Rd, then .5 m to preserve.
Wadsworth Prairie Nature PreserveWadsworth, ILFrom jct. Hwy. 41 & Wadsworth Road at Wadsworth, take Wadsworth Road east 0.4 mile to east side of Des Plaines River. The nature preserve is 0.3 mile north.
West Chicago Prairie Forest PreserveWest Chicago, ILFrom the intersection of IL 59 and Hawthorne Lane in West Chicago turn west and go about 2 miles and turn south (left) on Industrial Drive to the marked entrance.
Yonder PrairieWoodstock, ILFrom IL 47 and US 14 in Woodstock head northwest on 14 then west (left) on Kishwaukee Valley Rd to Rose Farm Rd. Head south (left) on Rose Farm about .3 miles and look for a small sign on the left. Park on the left and follow the foot path.
Brown County State ParkBloomington, INSixteen miles east of Bloomington on IN 46.
Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreChesterton, INAlong the Lake Michican shore north of US 12 from Gary to Michigan City
Turkey Run State ParkMarshall, INOn Indiana 47 about one mile east of US 41
Lakeside Daisy State Nature PreserveMarblehead, OHFrom the intersection of OH 163 and Alexander Pike in Marblehead drive south a short distance to the preserve, which is only open to the public during May.
Avoca Prairie-Savanna SNAAvoca, WIOn Hwy. 133 1.5 miles east of Avoca, turn north on Hay Lane Road. Follow Hay Lane Road beyond Marsh Creek 1/3 mile into a parking area
Beulah Bog SNAEast Troy, WINorth of East Troy on Stringers Bridge Road north of Beulah Heights road and south of County J.
Chiwaukee Prairie SNAPleasant Prairie, WILocated at the Lake Michigan shore. Go north 1 mile on WI 32 from Illinois border, right on 116 (Tobin), first right and follow signs to parking.
Dugway RoadCassville, WIFrom Cassville take WI 133 N to County V west to Glen Haven then 1st right to Bluff left to Dugway
Genesee Oak OpeningNorth Prairie, WIFrom the junction of County E and Highway 59 in North Prairie, go north on 59 2.4 miles to a narrow gravel lane to the west. Park in the lot and walk another quarter mile west along the lane into the preserve.
Kettle Moraine Low Prairie SNAEagle, WIFrom the intersection of State Highways 67 and 59 in Eagle, go north on Highway 67 2.1 miles to a gated access lane leading west.
Kettle Moraine Oak OpeningPalmyra, WIFrom Palmyra go south on County H to Young Road, turn east to sign.
Lulu Lake State Natural AreaEast Troy, WIFrom East Troy head west on WI 20 then north on County N continue north on Bluff and Nature Road to TNC entrance or east on J and north on Lulu Lake Road for state access.
Parfrey's Glen SNABaraboo, WIFrom the junction of State Hwys. 123 and 113 southeast of Baraboo go south on Hwy. 113 2.4 miles, then east on Parfreys Glen Road (county DL) slightly more than 2 miles to the parking lot. Walk north into the natural area.
Perrot State ParkTrempealeau, WIFrom I-90 near La Crosse head north on US 53 then west on WI 35 to Trempealeau then south (left) on Main and to west (right) on 1st that will lead to the park.
Rieck's Lake and Buffalo RiverAlma, WINorth of Alma on WI 35
Rock River PrairieBeloit, WIFrom Beloit go north on US 51, west across Rock River on Townline, south on Walters rd. to parking lot behind sign at south end of prairie
Rocky Run Oak Savanna SNAWyocena, WIFrom the intersection of State Highways 16 and 22 south of Wyocena, go south on 22 1.9 miles to the Rocky Run Fishery Area parking area west of the road. Walk west and south on an access lane 0.7-mile into the area.
Scuppernong Prairie SNAEagle, WIFrom Eagle, go west on State Highway 59 one mile, then northwest on County Highway N 1.5 miles to a parking lot on the left.
Trempealeau National Wildlife RefugeTrempealeau, WIFrom I-90 near La Crosse, Wisconsin, take Route 53 north to Route 54 west. Follow Route 54 to Centerville and continue 3.1 miles to West Prairie Road. Turn left on West Prairie Road and drive one mile to the refuge entrance.
Wyalusing SPPrairie Du Chien, WIWest on CR C from US 18 just south of Wisconsin River