The Byron Forest Preserve District will have a special Rock Hounding Hike on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve at 5502 North Silver Creek Road, Mt. Morris.
Bald Hill is composed of more than 150 feet of deposits from the last glacier to cover part of Illinois 20,000 years ago.
The ice carried and rolled the bedrock from the Great Lakes Basin, and when it melted, much of the material was washed into the Rock River and over the land to the west.
Since then, rain has washed many of these rocks into the many gulleys on this property and we have found amazing specimens of quartz, jasper, limonite, geodes, and even float copper.
“If you are a rock hound, then this is the hike for you,” said Mark Herman, superintendent of education. “Participants should be prepared to hike at least 1.5 miles over rough terrain and dress for the weather. We will have a four-wheel utility vehicle for transporting our finds as we walk, but bring your own bag of bucket.”
This free program is for ages 8 and up and advance registration is required as participant space is limited by calling the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815 234-8535 extension 200 by Thursday, May 2.