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Indian Kitchen - Lusk Creek Canyon Ecology Hike

Forest scene with bluff and creek below.
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Learn about plants, wildlife, and nature as we hike through this ecologically important and very scenic area. Portions of Lusk Creek Canyon are owned and managed by the Shawnee National Forest with sections also designated as Wilderness Area and Zoological Area and Illinois Department of Natural Resources with portions designated as an Illinois Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark.

We will meet at 10:00am at the Indian Kitchen Trailhead parking lot (37.50628, -88.56097). The trail is around 3.5 miles in length, moderately rugged, and there may be significant equestrian impacts including sometimes very muddy conditions that can make hiking difficult. Bring a water and snack if desired. This is a joint event of Illinois Extension and the Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club and will be co-lead by Kevin Rohling and Kim Rohling.

More information about this hike can be found here: 

This event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required.  Sorry, no pets allowed.

Contact Kevin Rohling if you have questions at or 618-695-3383 (office).

Notification of cancellations due to weather or other issues will be sent via email a day or two in advance.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Kevin Rohling or 618-695-3383 in advance.