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Sand Ridge State Forest

For those who think central Illinois is one big corn field, Sand Ridge State Forest will come as a very pleasant surprise. The forest is an island in a sea of agriculture. Just minutes southwest of Peoria, this 7,200-acre, the largest of Illinois' State Forests, boasts sweeping expanses of native oak-hickory, extensive plantations of pine, sprawling open fields, grasslands, and completely unique sand prairies. For a refreshing, invigorating taste of unspoiled nature and an opportunity to experience truly unique environment, Sand Ridge State Forest is ideal.

The area is the result of a prehistoric dry period when more desert-like conditions existed. Today it remains one of the few places in Illinois that supports an intriguing variety of plants and animals more associated with the Southwest than the Midwest. Those include badger, silvery bladderpod, pocket gopher and prickly pear cactus to name a few.

The raw, undeveloped expanses of hardwood and pine blanketing the panoramic vistas contain miles of outstanding hiking, backpacking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding opportunities. Hunting of deer, turkey, pheasant, quail, dove, and squirrel is permitted. There is a hand trap shooting facility and an archery range.

For the dedicated outdoors person this is truly an island of great opportunity to see how diverse Illinois is. For the day visitor, the forest offers picnic facilities and the chance for fascinating experience with nature in the Henry Allen Gleason Nature Preserve. You can enjoy the pristine sand prairie in a protected area closed to vehicles, domestic animals and hunting.

A bird watcher's paradise, Sand Ridge State Forest also is an important nesting area for a great variety of neo-tropical migratory birds, such as ovenbird, indigo bunting, veery and scarlet tanager


The forest covers 7500 acres -- 3996 acres of native oak-hickory forest, 2492 acres of pine, and the rest in open fields and sand prairies.
Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources

For more information contact site personnel at Sand Ridge State Forest, P.O. Box 111, Forest City, IL 61532 or by phone at 309-597-2212 or by fax at 309-597-2240

 
Please patronize these
fine businesses that
help support this site
Sweetmeadow's Grooming and Boarding
Lee's Family Restaurant
Advertise Here
Laurie's Video Gaming Center
Hagen Benefit Services
Subway
Shop Manito First
Manito Auto Sales
Kalhammer's Manito Hardware
Little Dreamers Learning Center
BEB Excavating
Mockingbird Vineyards
Chamber of Commerce
Friday Night on Broadway
Hopedale Medical Complex
Mason County Democrat
Mason City Area Nursing Home
Smith_Septic
Higgs Auction Service
Corr's Custom Cakes
The Lodge at Manito
Hot Stuff
Shop Local
County General
Sandbur Tack & Western Wear
Manito Farmer's Market
Hope Chest Pekin
Nickerson Insurance Agency LLC
Spring Lake Upholstery
Immaculate_Conception
Backwoods Tree Service
Ms. Bridget's Dinner to Go
Wheels For Wishes
Egypt Station Studios and Galleries