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!

  
  

Nature Sites In and Around Princeton

About ten miles southeast of Princeton, the Illinois River dives southward, slipping into the wide north-south valley originally carved by an ancient Pleistocene version of the Mississippi River. The associated natural habitats are mostly open grassland types, dotted with closed-canopy woodlands such as those at Warnecke Woods, Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Miller-Anderson Woods Nature Preserve, and Condit's Ranch Campgrounds.

Prairies dominate the remainder of this loop. The McCune Sand Prairie sits on super-porous glacial moraine soils, resulting in a unique assemblage of dry-country grasses, wildflowers and small trees, including a number of species more common to regions much further west. Visit the Hennepin & Hopper Lakes Restoration Project to view how the Illinois River floodplain is being reclaimed and restored.



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16006 875 East Street, Sheffield, IL 61361
The Hennepin Canal was originally conceived in 1890 as part of an overall plan to connect the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico in order to facilitate barge shipping. The prob...View Details.
Phone: 815-454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.37322, -89.68957 Map It!

16006-875 East Street, Sheffield, IL 61361
Approaching 900 acres in size, Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area is comprised of a restored strip mine which has attracted a vibrant community of plants and animals to its fo...View Details.
Phone: 815-454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.32332, -89.71890 Map It!

150 East Road, Mineral, IL 61356
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 ...View Details.
Phone: 815-875-8732
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.45456, -89.82918 Map It!

State Route 26, Princeton, IL 61356
Established in 1816, Illinois' Old Indian Boundary Line ran from the southern tip of Lake Michigan down to the Rock River's confluence with the Mississippi River. In 1982, a ...View Details.
Phone: 815-875-8732
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.418637, -89.468481 Map It!

RR 1, Box 127, Hennepin, IL 61327
This conservation district is composed of 5 parcels of wild-land each offering something different for bird watchers. The “home site” is a 270-acre tract called the Natural La...View Details.
Phone: (815) 882-2319
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.16879, -89.28734 Map It!

1950 St. East, Princeton, IL
Located just 1 ½ miles north of Princeton on Route 26 is the Red Covered Bridge, built in 1863 and later rehabilitated in 1973. It is one of only five remaining covered bridg...View Details.
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.416406, -89.47893 Map It!

Hennepin Farms Road and Route 26, Hennepin, IL 60604
The historic - but now rare - Illinois landscape of backwater lakes, wetlands, prairies, fens, and seeps now flourishes on former corn and soybean fields along the Illinois Ri...View Details.
Phone: (312) 922-0777
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; dawn-dusk
GPS: 41.21619, -89.32144 Map It!

41-1835 North Avenue, Princeton, IL 61356
Warnecke Woods is a 33.5-acre botanical gem that was donated to the Bureau County Natural Resources Conservation Service District in 1984 by Marie Warnecke. Ecologically, the ...View Details.
Phone: (815) 875-8732
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.41130, -89.48086 Map It!

CR 1300N with CR 10/CR 100E., Princeton, IL 61356
Bureau County's Witness Tree is a 250-year-old bur oak which has served as a landmark and meeting site for at least 200 years. This mammoth oak's burly trunk measures 14 feet ...View Details.
Phone: 815-875-8732
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.33507, -89.81862 Map It!