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Wildflower Walkabout: Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve

  • 7901 Kishwaukee Road Stillman Valley, IL, 61084 United States (map)

We have the opportunity to explore the woodland wildflowers and limestone cliffs at the new Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve with Severson Dells naturalist, Greg Rajsky.  We will walk 0.7 miles through newly planted prairie before we reach the wildflowers and walk 0.6 miles in the forest before we return to our cars.  As a reward for you efforts you will find jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, sharp-lobed hepatica, bloodroot, and red trillium set in a forest canopy of chinkapin, bur, and red oaks.  We will walk atop the most dramatic feature, which is the limestone cliff that follows the Rock River.  Take Highway 2 south past the Rockford Airport and turn right on Kishwuakee Rd and drive for 3.8 miles. Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve will be on the right side of the road at 7901 Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley.  Moderate-difficult hiking.

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