Looks Like A Road Trip, Chicago!

After reading this blog post about fossil digging in Braidwood, IL, I took a look on the map and realized there would be enough outdoor attractions nearby to make a weekend out of it. Check out some of these great sites that are only an hour and a half southwest of Chicago:

Fossil Digging in Braidwood/Mazonia State Fish & Wildlife Area (includes link to fossil collecting permit)

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (restored from the old Joliet Army Ammunition Plant site) and Grant Creek Nature Area

Des Plaines Dolomite Prairies

Braidwood Dunes and Savanna, Sand Ridge Savanna, and Wilmington Shrub Prairie Nature Preserves (visit some of the last remaining shrub prairie at Wilmington, and cacti and lizards at Braidwood Dunes)

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area





Have you spent time in this area? What’s a must see and what have I missed?

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