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The Cache River Wetlands: Illinois' Hidden Bayou

Hidden away in Southern Illinois is one of nature's masterpieces. Stroll the boardwalks, hike or take a canoe or kayak through the mysterious Cache River Wetlands, one of only 15 "Wetlands of International Importance."

  • 1.

    Section 8 Woods Nature Preserve Boardwalk

    Section 8 Woods Nature Preserve Boardwalk

    This accessible boardwalk transports you to a primeval flooded forest of cypress and water tupelo.

  • 2.

    Wildcat Bluff

    Wildcat Bluff

    Hike Wildcat Bluff for the soaring views, natural beauty, and up-close-and-personal bird watching.

  • 3.

    The Cache River Wetlands Center

    The Cache River Wetlands Center

    Come learn about our tupelo-cypress swamps, hardwood forests, limestone glades and sandstone bluff.

  • 4.

    Cache River Basin Winery & Restaurant

    Cache River Basin Winery & Restaurant

    After an exciting day exploring the wetlands, refuel with food and drinks at this winery and restaurant.

  • 5.

    Heron Pond Trail

    Heron Pond Trail

    Over the river and through the woods to the cypress swamp we go.

  • 6.

    Lower Cache River Swamp Trail

    Lower Cache River Swamp Trail

    Paddle or hike among ancient trees, abundant aquatic life, magnificent mammals and flying friends.

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