Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  


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Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive, Peoria , IL 61614



Listing Photo Seven miles of hiking trails traverse bluff forestland and a restored prairie through this designated state nature preserve. Over 100 woodland bird species use the park as migrants, winter visitors or year-round inhabitants. Hikers often encounter the resident Wild Turkeys or hear Barred Owls calling in the distance. The nature centers bird feeding/watering station with a viewing window is always busy with Chickadees, Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatch and Downy Woodpecker, as well as warblers, vireos and other neotropical species, particularly during migrations. The Peoria Audubon Society meets here the first Wednesday of the month. They also host an annual Hummingbird Festival in August, a Bald Eagle event in January, and regularly schedule guided bird hikes, a great place for beginners to learn more about birding! Please contact the nature center for a schedule of tours and environmental programs.

Interpretive center open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm, year-round. Trailhead Nature Store located in the interpretive center is a great resource for nature books, bird feeders and other nature-related products.


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GPS: 40.75701, -89.57480
Site Access: free
Phone: (309) 686-3360



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