On the very the southern tip of Illinois, in the Cache River State Natural Area, you’ll find Little Black Slough Nature Preserve.
Well known for its cypress-tupelo swamp, Little Black Slough has floodplain forests, upland woods and small patches of limestone barrens.
Little Black Slough Nature Preserve is featured in Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State. 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.