By Wade Ellett, Let’s Move QC Outdoors
Editor’s Note: This past summer, Let’s Move QC Outdoors Blogger, Wade Ellett, walked the entire Great River Trail, picking up trash and enjoying the sites along the way. He’s chosen a few of his favorite off-the-beaten-path attractions we’ll share with readers over a series of posts to celebrate great walking tours in the QC area.
Or go a little further north (just 5 miles from Fulton) to discover Thomson-Fulton Sand Prairie.
You may notice the temperature rising by a few degrees.
It’s not just in your head, though, you’re walking along the Thomson-Fulton Sand Prairie, with a microclimate that will radiate heat!
The Thomson-Fulton Sand Prairie is an amazing spot here along the Mississippi River. Its sand was deposited millions of years ago, and still remains in
contrast to the surrounding fields and prairie land.
You’ll find some unusual flora and fauna here.
For flora fans, there’s little bluestem, three-awn grass, plains prickly pear cactus and June grass. You might also see big-flowered penstemon.
Fauna includes western hog-nosed snakes, bullsnakes and six lined racerunner snakes.
The ornate box turtle, which is a threatened species in Illinois, also makes its home here.
Give them right-of-way, as these little guys and gals have really suffered due to habitat destruction.
The trail is a delightful walk or ride whether you are heading north to Savannah, IL, or south to the Quad Cities.
And enjoy your visit!
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