Griswold Conservation Area Vista

Taylorville, Illinois

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Enjoy a view of four counties from atop Blue Mound, located within the boundaries of the Griswold Conservation Area. This small preserve, encircled by farmland, presents a chance for nature to thrive and for you to walk through it. First, leave a picnic area then travel through woods and prairie to enter the north side of the conservation area, which is a wildlife sanctuary. You will then hike through a mix of prairie and forest before entering the dark woods of a demonstration windbreak. The trail then curves back toward the high point of Blue Mound, located atop a glacial kame. From here an observation deck allows views in almost all directions, stretching as far as the clarity of the sky allows.

Griswold Conservation Area Vista Professional Review and Guide

"Enjoy a view of four counties from atop Blue Mound, located within the boundaries of the Griswold Conservation Area. This small preserve, encircled by farmland, presents a chance for nature to thrive and for you to walk through it. First, leave a picnic area then travel through woods and prairie to enter the north side of the conservation area, which is a wildlife sanctuary. You will then hike through a mix of prairie and forest before entering the dark woods of a demonstration windbreak. The trail then curves back toward the high point of Blue Mound, located atop a glacial kame. From here an observation deck allows views in almost all directions, stretching as far as the clarity of the sky allows."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Taylorville
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: Griswold Conservation Area; USGS Stonington
Driving Directions: Directions to Griswold Conservation Area Vista

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May 2018