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This 429 acre area is reminiscent of how northern Boone County looked prior to settlement with its Oak/Hickory woodlands and savannas with grasslands scattered between. Also, within the boundary are a number of pine groves that were planted in the 1950s.
The spring-fed Kinnikinnick Creek winds through limestone bluffs with a large variety of native flora and fish. In 1974 this part of the conservation area was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Recreational features include 3 ½ miles of hiking trails, a 3 ½ mile horse trail, two picnic shelters.  Within the nature preserve boundaries, there is a white oak woodland teeming with spring wildflowers.

::Getting There

Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area is located 3.2 miles north of Route 173 on Caledonia Road. The entrance is just north of North Boone School Road.

::Natural Considerations

Prior to settlement, northern Boone County was dominated by oak savannas and woodlands. Portions of Kinnikinnick still resemble these conditions. That is why managing this area for historical and biological reasons is so important. Protecting and enhancing this conservation area is of highest priority for the BCCD because of these factors.

One of the prominent natural features of the conservation area is the spring fed Kinnikinnick Creek which winds its way through a limestone bluffed glen. In 1974, this area of the park was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. The site supports a large variety of native plants and unique fishes which helped to obtain this protected status.

Woodland wildlife is abundant; barred owls, red tailed hawks, raccoon, and deer are just a few of the area residents. In addition, the area supports a healthy population of Eastern blue birds. Ideal Habitat is available for the birds, as they prefer to live on the edges between woodlands and grassy areas. Populations have been enhanced through the efforts of a local blue bird enthusiast to place and monitor nest boxes. The boxes provide nesting opportunities safe from predators for these blue gems.

::Opportunities for Fun

This area is one of the District’s most remote. Although located out of the way, a day trip to Kinnikinnick is well worth it. For those seeking a connection to nature, the area hosts 3.5 miles of trails which wind through meadows and woodlands providing wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities in the different habitats.If a group picnic is your desire, the area has picnic shelters which can be reserved. Restroom facilities are available. Kinnikinnick’s rolling hills provide grand vistas of the countryside. Its northeast hill is one of the highest points in the county.

For the equestrian, the District has also opened a 3.5 mile horse trail around the perimeter. Download Horse Trail Brochure here. Click here to see the Horse Trail Rules and Regulations

::Activities and Facilities

Hiking trail, picnicking, group shelter, restroom, Illinois Nature Preserve.