Jericho Lake Park is located on the West side of Aurora, in Kane County. It is a 20.9 acre reclaimed rock quarry with a maximum depth of 26 feet, steep sided lake with very clear water. The shoreline is mowed in several areas to allow access for shore fishing or you can bring and use a small boat with an electric motor only.
This land contains the remnants of one of the most diverse natural systems that ever graced the Illinois landscape, the tall grass prairie and its associated communities. Hidden among the overused landscape are pieces of a puzzle that represent what once was a rich tapestry of life. A remnant wetland managed to survive in the center of this park and is home to an Illinois endangered species, the dwarf bur reed. This plant alone warranted listing this wetland as an Illinois Wetland Reserve in 1990.
As people visit James “Pate” Philip State Park for the first time, they should remember that the story of this land is not completely told in what it is now but what this land will become. As the land recovers, the plant and animal life that once flourished throughout the area will return as well. Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to come back often and to watch this land transform itself into a functioning, diverse natural area.
Clear, rocky streams and scenic canyons bordered by high sandstone cliffs and plants unique to Illinois. The trail consists of seven miles of interconnected trails, featuring strange and wonderful rock formations, such as Devil’s Backbone, Boulder Falls and a natural rock bridge.
Looking for solitude? Wilderness areas are some of the largest contiguous forested lands within the Shawnee, and together they make up about 10 percent of the national forest.
This place has it all – majestic bluffs, a lush bottomland habitat, colorful cliffs and expansive views of the Big Muddy and Mississippi rivers. If you like to watch birds, this spot is haven for neotropical migratory songbirds during the spring and fall.
Majestic views await you at Inspiration Point, a National Recreation Trail, located at LaRue Pine Hills. With more than 170 bird species, it is a birders’ paradise. In the spring, the trail is bordered with wildflowers — blazing star, bellwort, bluets and spiderwort.
Check out this rocky bridge, which spans 90 feet, while you’re visiting the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Located just minutes off Highway 127, it takes less than an hour to hike.
Discover the 7 different amazing hiking areas of Hocking Hills State Park
Ash Cave – Hocking Hills State Park – 27291 Ohio 56, South
Cedar Falls – Hocking Hills State Park – 21724 Ohio 374 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138
Conkle’s Hollow- Hocking Hills State Park – 24132 Big Pine Road
Cantwell Cliffs – Hocking Hills State Park – Ohio 374, Rockbridge, OH 43149
Rock House – Hocking Hills State Park – 16526 Ohio 374, Laurelville, OH 43135
Hemlock Bridge Trail/Whispering Cave
The Smokies of the Midwest
Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the “hills o’ Brown,” but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes and deep gullies of Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland.
The park’s rustic Abe Martin Lodge offers accommodations that include motel rooms, cabins, dining and conference facilities and an indoor water park. Large campgrounds, hiking and mountain biking trails, interpretive services, a saddle barn for guided horse rides and a separate horseman campground with 70 miles of horse trails are some of the things that make Brown County State Park popular year-round.
Snow Buries South Dakota Threatening Thousands of Ranchers and Cattle
Cattle huddle together during Winter Storm Wesley in Highmore. Central South Dakota got nearly 20 feet of snow during the blizzard. (Photo: Brittany Kerr)
Millions of animals affected
Thousands of ranchers and millions of animals have been affected by the storm in South Dakota. And the consequences don’t stop with them.
The mud from melted snow this spring could string the cattle out and cause pneumonia and other sickness.
More than 15,000 South Dakota ranchers will endure physical, mental and financial stress and the aftermath is a testament to their dedication and resilience.
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