Julius J. Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve
St. Clair County
Location and Access:
From Mascoutah at jct. Hwys. 4 & 177, take Hwy. 177 west 4.5 miles to Rentchler Road, then turn and go south 1.5 miles and then turn and go west 0.8 mile. The nature preserve is southeast of the road.
Special Note: The preserve is located 6 miles east of Belleville. An entrance sign has been erected. A 0.75 mile loop trail has been developed.
Knobeloch Woods contains dry-mesic upland and wet floodplain forest communities representative of the Effingham Plain Section of the Southeastern Till Plain Natural Division. The upland forest supports white oak and hickories. The floodplain forest lies in the floodplain of a tributary to Hazel Creek. Floodplain trees extend up into the shallow ravines where they overlap the upland species. The location of this preserve provides educational opportunities to those who might otherwise never experience a natural area. Management of the area is primarily concerned with the control of exotic species.
Ownership: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Dedicated: February 1983
Size: 35.1 acres
Topo Map: Freeburg 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Illinois Department of Natural Resources - World Shooting Complex, Natural Heritage Biologist, One Main Event Drive, Suite 140, Sparta, IL 62286 (618/295-2877)
1/2009 - R. Heidorn