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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
Blood Moon Manor
Mockingbird Vineyards
Kalhammer's Manito Hardware
Immaculate_Conception
County General
BEB Excavating
Head Start
Spring Lake Upholstery
Manito Carpet Cleaners
Hot Stuff
Corr's Custom Cakes
Nickerson Insurance Agency LLC
Ms. Bridget's Dinner to Go
Kyles Auto Recycling
The Lodge at Manito
Manito Oil and Propane
Barra & Associates - Rachel Mulford
Hopedale Medical Complex
Genesis Pest Control
Subway
Farnam Insurance and Real Estate
Prather Printing
Lee's Family Restaurant
Chamber of Commerce
Country Financial Cole Munge
Meyers Country Gardens
Shop Manito First
Little Dreamers Learning Center
Backwoods Tree Service
K's Confectionery
Shop Local
Laurie's Video Gaming Center
JW Hauling
Farnam Nickerson