Nature Sites In and Around East Peoria
The Illinois River channel widens out considerably here at the latitude of Peoria County, prompting local Indians to dub it, Pimiteoui ("fat lake"). Beyond the river itself, perhaps the most captivating scenery involves the high bluffs lining both sides of the 5-7 mile wide river valley here. Between mid-October and early November these densely forested, sugar maple-dominated bluff slopes are an astonishing fall color mosaic of yellows, oranges, salmons and ruby-reds. Up-close views of these majestic bluff forests can be seen at area parks such as Detweiller, Robinson and Camp Wokanda.
A tiny by brilliant gem is Bennett's Terraqueous Gardens, a small bluff-side seep just off of State Route 116 in East Peoria, which contains a small marsh, woodland trail and charming learning station.
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Bennett's Terraqueous Gardens is a high-quality seep that lies at the base of deeply dissected bluffs and hills bordering the east side of the Illinois River. The seep communi...View Details.
East Peoria's Riverfront Greenway project is a 1.8-mile walking/hiking trail along the east bank of the Illinois River. Beginning at EastPort Public Boat Ramp, the trail runs ...View Details.
This eight-acre park located along the Illinois River in downtown East Peoria features a hiking/biking trail and decorative lighting. It's a great place for visitors desiring...View Details.
Planned to run from East Peoria to Morton, phase I of this 10-foot wide hard-surfaced hiking/biking trail was completed in 1991, running 4.8 miles north and east out of East P...View Details.
In 1893, the Santa Fe Railroad purchased 11,000 acres here, and authorized the Devlin Coal Company to mine the site. Peak production occurred in 1905, with well over 700 worke...View Details.