Lee County Illinois has some great trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping and cross country skiing. The trails and nature reserves in the area are home to some beautiful wildlife such as the bison, deer, fox and birds, plants and historic memorials. The video above is courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources showcases the beauty of the Franklin Creek State Nature Area in Franklin Grove, IL. You will find several trails listed below containing interactive trail maps, contact information, difficulty rating and a short description. Take A Hike with your family and friends today!
Amboy Marsh Nature Reserve Trails
By definition Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve is a watery place. Several springs and seeps emerge from the side of sand dunes; characteristic marshes and wetlands here have always been a seasonal phenomenon, a blessing for amphibians that require fishless ponds for successful breeding.
Franklin Creek State Natural Area Trails
Franklin Creek Nature Preserve contains upland and ravine forests, permanent stream, large springs and bedrock outcroppings of the Oregon Section of the Rock River Hill Country Natural Division. The gorge area is highly scenic and rich in both natural and historic features.
The Headwaters Trail
The Headwaters Trail is accessed off of North State Street in Franklin Grove. Follow the signs to the parking lot. The trail wanders through various habitats including prairie, wetland, cropland, savanna and woodlands. The signs explain about these diverse habitats. ~ Franklin Creek Conservation