This area’s diverse and fragile Ozark ecosystem is found nowhere else in the state and is considered one of Illinois' most resource-rich areas. Illinois Ozark habitat types sustain a great diversity of plant and animal species with more than 800 native plants, 200 migratory or breeding birds, 43 mammal and 62 reptile and amphibian species documented. Over 50 threatened or endangered plants and animals, and seven globally-rare, endemic species found nowhere else on earth live here today.
To learn more about the natural wonders of the regions upland and lowland habitats, visit the CLIFFTOP website. Clifftop (Conserving Lands In Farm, Forest, Talus or Prairie) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and conservation stewardship of the bluff lands and associated habitats in St Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties.
Great places to visit along the KCT where you can hike and explore the Illinois Ozarks include ...
Stemler Cave and Woods Nature Preserve in St. Clair County between Dupo and Columbia. (IDNR)
Miles Cemetery Scenic overlook and Hill Prairie south of Columbia in Monroe County. (Monroe County)
Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve in Valmeyer, Monroe County.(City of Valmeyer)
White Rock Nature Preserve located just south of Valmeyer in Monroe County. (CLIFFTOP)
Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve near Fults in Monroe County.(IDNR)
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site near Ellis Grove in Randolph County. (IHPA)
Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve near Rockwood in Randolph County. (IDNR)
Randolph County State Recreation Area In Randolph County (IDNR)
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