Forest Glade – Wildcat Bluff

I recently joined a hike sponsored by our Illinois Native Plant Society into this wonderful hidden gem, part of the Cache River natural areas of the Shawnee National Forest. Some amazing species of flowers, trees, grasses could be found here in early May, including Prairie Dock, a large tall flower I’d never thought to look for outside of vast open sunny prairies where I’d seen it in northern parts of the state.

Wildcat Bluff Cache River natural areas southern IL
Wildcat Bluff, Southern IL forest glade

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