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Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve

509 IL-155, Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277

Hiking & Trails

Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve contains the largest complex of the highest quality, essentially undisturbed loess hill prairies along the Mississippi River in Illinois, including the largest single prairie opening.

Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve is part of the 997-acre Fults Hill Prairie State Natural Area that sits atop bluffs with an expansive views of the Mississippi River valley. The preserve consists of 532 acres of upland habitat that includes woodland, prairies and glade communities that overlooks the American Bottom, a large stretch of floodplains along the Mississippi River in Eastern Illinois. The area contains the Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve Trail, a 1.4 mile loop trail that has a 250 foot ascent and is rated extreme. It does feature a wooden stair case for half the ascent up the right side path followed by a dirt path to the top. The top features a fairly level path through the hill prairie habitat and through the woodlands. The descent travels through both hill prairie and woodlands down a steep descent along a rocky path. The trail is accessible year-round.

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