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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Miller-Anderson Woods Nature Preserve
Bureau/Putnam County Line, DePue, IL 61322



Listing Photo Dedicated in 1969, the 340-acre Miller-Anderson Nature Preserve contains a variety of natural communities, dominated by old-growth oak-hickory bluff forests and maple-basswood ravines. Other communities present include sedge meadow, seep spring (floating bog), and hill prairie. Notable plant species include showy orchid, queen-of-the-prairie, and Schreber's aster. The seep areas are characterized by large accumulations of peat (decomposed mosses), which support marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, and other interesting vegetation. The unusual mix of habitats here also support a rather unique mix of wetland and forest birds, as well as butterflies and dragonflies in the wetland and prairie areas. Park near the north end of the preserve where a narrow, ribbon-marked, moderately difficult trail traverses much of the woodland habitat. The bluff offers panoramic views of the Illinois River wetlands where Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles (winter) can be seen riding the air currents.


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GPS: 41.23922, -89.40031
Site Access: free



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