National Natural Landmarks

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 ; Jackson County, IL

Year designated: 1980

Acres: 1,090

Ownership: Federal

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