Spitler Woods, Mt. Zion IL

Spitler Woods, Mt. Zion IL

Spitler Woods

Spitler Woods is 146-acre nature preserve owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  

The forest contains red oak, sugar maple, black walnut, and on the hillsides and slopes basswood grows.  Dry-mesic forests containing white oak, red oak and shagbark hickory are present on the higher elevations.  Wet-mesic floodplain forests containing Hackberry, Sycamore and Ohio Buckeye are present along the creek which flows through the preserve.  

The area also boasts a spectacular display of spring wildflowers, including false rue anemone, wild Geranium, Trillium, Spring Beauty and May apple.  

There are several songbirds in the preserve as well.  Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Gray Catbird, Eastern Wood Pewee and Red-bellied Woodpeckers are all frequently seen in the area.  Visit Spitler Woods to find out more.