Spring Bluff Nature Preserve LCFP is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Winthrop Harbor, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Spring Bluff offers high-quality areas of sand prairie, sand savanna, marsh, and graminoid fen spread over 274 acres. Spring Bluff Nature Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset. Biking is permitted on the access road, and the road along North Point Marina to the east links to bike paths in Illinois Beach State Park. Dogs are not permitted. The ridge and swale topography of Spring Bluff supports a variety of communities that stimulate the senses. Several species of heron make their home here, along with rails, willow flycatchers, marsh and sedge wrens, and woodcocks. Migrating birds hug the Lake Michigan shoreline during their fall flights and visitors may spot snipe, killdeer, broad-winged hawks, and peregrine falcons. In the fall the black oaks that dominate the ridge in the center of the preserve turn a showy red. Along the east side of the site, in a flat area of marsh and wet sand prairie, aspens change to yellow and orange. Between these bands of color, prairie dock, goldenrod, jewelweed, asters, and sunflowers speckle the prairie.
This is a very nice and quiet parcel of habitat restoration. Many different habitat types can be found within the boundary of the preserve. An old asphalt road serves as the walking path running north-south about a mile in length. Great area for birding. Can be very, very buggy.