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Shedd Aquarium

Cache River State Natural Area

930 Sunflower Ln., Belknap, IL 62908

Bird & Eagle Watching

The Cache River is America’s northernmost cypress swamp and home to over 100 endangered species.

Renowned for its ancient cypress-tupelo swamp, this natural area has been named one of America's 10 Most Beautiful Hidden Gems by Budget Travel. This sprawling area contains 100 threatened or endangered plant and animal species, and 11 state champion trees that have stood for centuries. Visitors enjoy birding, hunting, wildlife watching, canoeing and hiking. Bikers can access the Cache River via the Tunnel Hill State Trail.

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