Wildcat Bluff

Wildcat Bluff Rd Vienna

Southernmost Illinois
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Explore Shawnee Forest Country!

Wildcat Bluff's Lookout Point Trail is an easy mile-long hike running along the edge of a hillside. From this vantage point high above the Valley of Cache, the river is an umber ribbon in winter and early spring and a lush sea of green in later spring and summer. If you're looking for peace and solitude on your hike, you're in luck; it's free from human habitation and nothing but uninterrupted nature below. At trail's end, a small hill showcases the unique combination of prairie plants against a forest landscape.

Just east of this trail is another smaller one that heads to an overlook near the top of the bluff. Set a course here for excellent views of soaring birds of prey including the Red-shouldered Hawk, Black Vulture, Soaring Anhinga and especially Mississippi Kite. Kites often fly at or below eye level and occasionally come quite close, offering unprecedented views of this expert aerialist.

Feeling more adventurous? A faint trail near the parking area takes you below the bluff to a series of sandstone overhangs.

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