“a wonderful woodland retreat”
Located on the banks of the Wabash River in southeastern Illinois, Beall Woods State Park attracts visitors from around the world who are interested in experiencing one of the few remaining tracts of virgin timber east of the Mississippi River. At Beall Woods, visitors can see trees 120 feet tall and more than 3 feet in diameter.Besides hiking, Beall Woods also offers visitors a quiet, relaxing setting for camping, picnicking and fishing. In the late 1970s, a 15-acre lake was developed to provide park visitors additional recreational opportunities and a scenic backdrop. Anglers can fish for largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. The lake also is stocked in the spring and fall for trout season. While a boat launch is located on the lake, only trolling motors may be used. Five established trails offer hikerd excellent views of Beall Woods' old-growth forest. From the easy 1-mile Tuliptree Trail, which features a self-guided trail brochure, to the 1.25-mile moderately easy White Oak Trail, the nature enthusiast can get a sense of what the settlers saw when they arrived at the banks of the Wabash River.To preserve the fragile ecosystem, hikers are urged to stay on established trails. Pets, bicycles and horses are not allowed on trails. Collecting or removing any natural objects is prohibited. Depending on the season, visitors should come prepared with insect repellent. The new visitor center opened in April 2001 with educational displays focusing on the history of the area as well as Illinois' natural heritage.
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