Apple River Canyon State Park in northern Illinois provides the kind of topography that much of the state would seemingly lack.

This Jo Daviess County nature site is featured in Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State. The Park boasts sheer cliff faces, exposed bedrock and clear, gravel-bottomed streams.

Throughout the book naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post invite you to discover fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks in the Land of Lincoln.

Each Wednesday we’ll preview some of the unexpected beauty of Illinois’s prairies, lakesides, river bottoms, and woodlands found within the book. . . . just in time for you to plan a weekend trip.

You’ll find maps and descriptions of these wild places in Illinois, including many hard-to-find sites, within the pages of the book.

 

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