• 815-288-1840
  • 113 S Peoria Avenue, Dixon, IL 61021
Nachusa Grasslands Trails
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Nachusa Grasslands Trails

The 3600-acre Nachusa Grasslands preserve is being restored as one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois.  There are several “Self Guided”  hiking trails on the grasslands that are open most of the year with exception of hunting season. Bison can be viewed from outside the bison fenced units only.  Binoculars are helpful.

Trail Lengths:

  • Big Jump Trail ( 1.08 miles )
  • Clear Creek Knolls Trail ( 2.39 miles )
  • Stone Barn Savanna Trail ( 2.04 miles )
  • Meiners Wetlands ( 60 acres to traverse )
  • Carpenter Prairie ( 0.58 miles )

 

Markers

Big Jump Trail

6832 S Lowden Rd, Oregon, IL 61061, USA

Trail Length 1.8 miles. ​Remote hilly prairie, oak woodlands, a creek, cliffs, and crop fields. There is a creek crossing after the crop field and before the prairie hills.

Carpenter Prairie Trail

8594 Carthage Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Clear Creek Knolls Trailhead

7850 S Lowden Rd, Dixon, IL 61021, USA

Trail Length: 2.39 miles. ​Beautiful remnant hill prairies with a creek crossing.

Meiners Wetlands

1359 Naylor Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Remnant prairie, wetlands, a portion of Franklin Creek, and a pond with a bur oak hillside. Watch for birds, mink and muskrat along the creek

Parking 2075 S Lowden Rd

2075 S Lowden Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Parking 7850 S Lowden Rd

7850 S Lowden Rd, Dixon, IL 61021, USA

Pull-Off 1462 Naylor Rd

1462 Naylor Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Pull-Off 1953 Twist Rd

1953 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Pull-Off 885 W Stone Barn Rd

885 W Stone Barn Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Pull-Off Taylor Township

Taylor Township, IL, USA

Stone Barn Savanna Trailhead

385 W Stone Barn Rd, Dixon, IL 61021, USA

Trail Length: 2.04 miles. Extensive oak savanna, restored prairie openings, wetlands and sandstone cliffs.

The Nature Conservancy Stewardship Office

2071 S Lowden Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Visitor Use Area

2070 S Lowden Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA