Paxton Railroad Prairie
High quality original prairie as well as several wetlands.
This active railroad right-of-way is a tiny remnant of the tallgrass prairie that once covered east-central Illinois.
Prairie cicadas, a unique prairie species, can be heard singing here in the summer.
This section of active railroad right-of-way contains a patch of high quality prairie as well as several wetlands. In 1991, Grand Prairie Friends purchased a garden/beautification lease for a 600 foot length of the right-of-way which gives GPF the right to management, and provides some protection from disturbance.
North on US 45 from Urbana for 25 mi. Approximately 1 mi south of Paxton, there is an overhanging telephone wire. About 500 ft north on the left is the prairie. Park on roadside.
Route 45, Paxton, IL
Lat: 40.433666 Long: -88.107271