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Little Grand Canyon Area

Little Grand Canyon Area
Little Grand Canyon Area

The Little Grand Canyon Area, located within the Shawnee National Forest, is an exceptional example of a large box canyon with vertical overhanging walls. The site contains a great diversity of ecosystems, including sandstone outcrops and overhangs, ravine slope forest, dry site oak-hickory forest, and hill prairies. The ravine is nationally known as a seasonal haven for a great variety of snakes that hibernate there.

Location: Jackson County, IL

Year designated: 1980

Acres: 1,090

Ownership: Federal

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Last Updated: June 28, 2012