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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McCune Sand Praire
150 East Road, Mineral, IL 61356



Listing Photo This 200-acre rare prairie type was donated to the Natural Resources Conservation Service Bureau County District by Mr. and Mrs. J.D. McCune (120-acres) and the University of Illinois (80-acres). Due to the exceptionally sandy soil composition, sand prairies are exceedingly well-drained and are therefore even drier than typical Midwestern tallgrass prairies. However, the northern portion of this site supports tree and shrub growth, and is populated with sparse specimens of green ash, eastern red cedar, Osage orange, Iowa crabapple, prairie rose, red mulberry, and bur oak. Grasses and forbs common to the site include unusual prairie species such as sand bluestem and hairy grama grasses, Bicknell's sedge, Scriber's panic grass, hairy lens grass, clustered poppy mallow, Illinois tick trefoil, rough blazing star, marble seed, pale beard tongue, and even prickly pear cactus.


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GPS: 41.45456, -89.82918
Site Access: free
Phone: 815-875-8732



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