McCully Heritage Project

Crawford Creek Road
South of Kampsville, Illinois
off of IL-100


The McCully Heritage Project was created by an endowment by the late Howard and Eva McCully and its focus is on cultural and environmental enjoyment, education, and preservation. Located about 1 mile south of the Kampsville Free Ferry off of the Great River Road, the Project consists of 940 acres encompassing woodlands, prairie, wetlands, and agricultural land. With over 15 miles of hiking trails traveling through this diverse terrain, the area is truly a hiker's delight. A nineteenth-century log cabin serves as a starting point for the interpreted north trail and as a temporary nature center with activities for children. The north trail is over two miles with eighteen stops that educate the visitor about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Existing facilities include handicapped-accessible restrooms, a pavilion, picnic facilities, ample parking, two fishing ponds, a restored wetland with a boardwalk, and prairie plots. The Project is perfect for picnicking, bird watching, nature photography and turtle watching. Visitors can expect to see abundant wildflowers and wildlife, such as songbirds, wild turkeys, blue heron, butterflies, white-tailed deer, fox, bobcats, muskrats and turtle. Long-term plans call for a nature center, a farm museum, the enhancement of an existing wetland and prairie areas. Hunting or removal of any plant or other material is prohibited without express written permission. For safety reasons, all visitors are required to register at the kiosk by the parking lot. School groups and clubs are welcome. Groups larger than family size should call in advance to make arrangements before their visit.


Camping and rentals
Primitive camping is available with advance arrangements and the fishing pond is open to families with children. Trails on the south side of the project are open to horseback riding during the warmer months. The pavilion and grounds are available for events such as family reunions or outdoor weddings.


Visiting the McCully Heritage Project
Visiting Hours
Daily: Dawn to Dusk
There is no charge to visit the McCully Heritage Project.

For more information visit - Official site of the McCully Heritage Project


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