Warbler Ridge Conservation Area

Just at the edge of the Wisconsin glacier’s furthest southern reach, lies the rolling ravines of Warbler Ridge. The Warbler Ridge preserves are part of an extensive woodland corridor running along the Embarras River for more than eight miles from Charleston to Fox Ridge State Park.

This 1,000-acre property consists of four distinct areas owned and managed by Grand Prairie Friends since 2011.

This upland deciduous forest boasts a hearty spring wildflower display and a fiery fall foliage show, usually only viewed by the abundant audience of migrating and resident songbirds.

Warbler Ridge includes three areas protected within the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission system. These include Warbler Ridge Nature Preserve, Embarras Ridge Land and Water Reserve, and Warbler Woods North Land and Water Reserve. For these reasons, we encourage you to be mindful during your stay- taking only pictures and leaving only footprints.

Thanks to grant support from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, a meandering foot-traffic path passes through four Warbler Ridge areas. Visitors are invited to hike the approximate four-mile (one way) trail which begins at Warbler Woods North and terminates in the Embarras Ridges Land and Water Reserve. Limited parking areas are available at each trailhead. As protected preserves, visitors should be prepared with their own amenities as visitor site restrooms and potable water are not available on-site.

Warbler Ridge Conservation Area Map - July 2018


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