War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, almost 500 acres in size, is located in Pope County, and nearly surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest.
In 1990, Dick and Jean Graber gifted this property, along with an endowment for its care and maintenance, to the Illinois Audubon Society. The long-term goal for the War Bluff Valley Sanctuary is to preserve an upland forest ecosystem in Southern Illinois.
Habitat is provided for the red-shouldered hawk and other forest birds, as well as the state-threatened timber rattlesnake and golden mouse. Native orchids and other rare plants are also protected.
Stewardship for the sanctuary is coordinated by the Shawnee Chapter.
Download a War Bluff Valley Sanctuary Trail Map.
Public Access Guidelines
- Trails are open dawn to dusk
- Please stay on the trails
- Pets must be kept on a leash