Miller-Anderson Woods State Nature Preserve
Come visit Miller-Anderson Woods State Nature Preserve in Tiskilwa, IL
Dedicated in 1969, the 340-acre Miller-Anderson Nature Preserve contains a variety of natural communities, dominated by old-growth oak-hickory bluff forests and maple-basswood ravines. Other communities present include sedge meadow, seep spring (floating bog), and hill prairie. Notable plant species include showy orchid, queen-of-the-prairie, and Schreber’s aster. The seep areas are characterized by large accumulations of peat (decomposed mosses), which support marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, and other interesting vegetation. The unusual mix of habitats here also support a rather unique mix of wetland and forest birds, as well as butterflies and dragonflies in the wetland and prairie areas. Park near the north end of the preserve where a narrow, ribbon-marked, moderately difficult trail traverses much of the woodland habitat. The bluff offers panoramic views of the Illinois River wetlands where Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles (winter) can be seen riding the air currents.