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.
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.
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.
Visiting the McCully Heritage Project
Daily: Dawn to Dusk
There is no charge to visit the McCully Heritage
The McCully Heritage Project is located about 1 mile south of Kampsville on
IL-100 and about 1/2 mile west along Crawford Creek Road.
more about the Kampsville
- Official site of the McCully Heritage Project