Hidden behind a quiet cemetery, this peaceful place is wild and brimming with life: ever-changing worlds of savanna, prairie, and fen that bring enjoyment throughout the seasons.
- A special wetland, known as a fen
- Oak savanna
- Kames pop up throughout the preserve, covered by savanna and prairie
- Lots of butterflies and birds
- Mysterious morning fog
- June: Pale purple coneflowers
- August: Sweet Joe-Pye weed in the savanna
Best Times to Visit:
- Summer: prairie wildflowers bloom throughout the season in the prairie and savanna
- Fall: Oaks turn to auburn in the savanna, however the prairie plants are even more colorful
- Winter: After a sticky snowfall, the oak savanna is a magical experience
Trails: Soil / Narrow with some skinny boardwalks / Not suitable for people with poor balance or eyesight
Mike’s Thoughts: Bluff Spring Fen is a special getaway. At the moment you enter from the cemetery, majestic bur oaks of the savanna embrace you under their welcoming canopy and take you under its spell. Get there early and you’ll experience dense fog that disperses soon after sunrise. Or are they friendly spirits returning to their graves?
Notes: The preserve entrance and parking lot is located at the back of the beautiful Bluff City Cemetery. After entering the cemetery, follow the low wooden signs with the green oak tree.
Learn more about Bluff Spring Fen from these websites:
- Friends of Bluff Spring Fen
- Forest Preserves of Cook County
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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