Sand Ridge State Forest Ramble

Manito, Illinois

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This ride is full of scenic pleasures. At Sand Ridge State Forest, you’ll encounter rolling terrain covered with oak-hickory woods, plantations of pine, open grasslands, and unique sand prairies. After a tour of the state forest, the route passes a state-run fish hatchery and then traces the shoreline of enormous Spring Lake for several miles. At 7,200 acres, Sand Ridge is not only Illinois’ largest state forest, it’s also one of its largest state-operated natural areas. Most of the forest is blanketed with thick groves of oak, hickory, and pine; there are also large swaths of land that contain fields and sand prairies. Fifteen thousand years ago the floodwaters of the most recent glaciers receded down the Illinois River Valley, leaving a vast deposit of sand in the area.

Sand Ridge State Forest Ramble Professional Review and Guide

"This ride is full of scenic pleasures. At Sand Ridge State Forest, you’ll encounter rolling terrain covered with oak-hickory woods, plantations of pine, open grasslands, and unique sand prairies. After a tour of the state forest, the route passes a state-run fish hatchery and then traces the shoreline of enormous Spring Lake for several miles.

At 7,200 acres, Sand Ridge is not only Illinois’ largest state forest, it’s also one of its largest state-operated natural areas. Most of the forest is blanketed with thick groves of oak, hickory, and pine; there are also large swaths of land that contain fields and sand prairies. Fifteen thousand years ago the floodwaters of the most recent glaciers receded down the Illinois River Valley, leaving a vast deposit of sand in the area."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Manito
Distance: 30.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: USGS Manito quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Sand Ridge State Forest Ramble

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May 2018