West of DuQuoin and south of Steeleville on the Randolph-Jackson County line is a unique 198-acre area known as Piney Creek Ravine State Natural Area. Purchased in 1972 for its rare plant species and other natural features, it is one of only two locations in the state where short-leaf pines grow naturally. Piney Creek Ravine is a dedicated nature preserve within the Illinois State Nature Preserve system. Offers a really great hike that is very easy to follow. Beautiful rock walls and ledges, creek crossings, and of course, the ancient art.