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Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside
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Volo Bog State Natural Area is a nature reserve in Illinois, United States, preserving Volo Bog. The bog was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 as the only remaining open-water quaking bog in Illinois. The site also contains woodlands, savanna, marshes, prairie restoration areas, shrubland and old fields. Maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (Illinois DNR), the site is located about a mile west of U.S. Route 12 between the towns of Volo and Fox Lake, Illinois.Bog biologyThe bog itself is 47.5acre in size. It was originally a steep-sided lake created by the melting of a large chunk of glacial ice at the end of the Wisconsonian glaciation. About 6,000 years before the present, a mat of sphagnum moss began to grow out into the water, playing a major role in the evolution of this geological feature from a lake into a bog.As the sphagnum mat aged and thickened, the developing bog (already poorly drained) became acidic. The bog's changing pH levels encouraged the growth of other acid-loving plant species, such as leatherleaf, certain specialized orchids, and coniferous tamarack trees. The development of a tamarack grove on the edge of the bog signaled further change in the wetland.
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  • Volo Bog is a great place to visit and become one with nature. Whether you only have an hour or 3, a trip to the bog is worth your time! The trails have an abundance of native plants, birds and animal...  more »
  • We certainly intend to be outfitted correctly for our next visit to take the larger/longer tour! We ran into a fellow who knew the bog so very well and he took us all around and told us about it - wha...  more »
  • Feel stressed Out. Take a walk out on the bog boardwalk. Very peaceful. Bring a camera and get some great images. 
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  • Nice place for short hikes near Chicago. Interpretive center is nice and this place always offers an interesting selection of wildlife. Trails are well maintained. Kids play area is a nice touch and this is an easy place to bring young children.
  • The bog trail is very beautiful and not too long. Floating walkways take some getting used to, especially if you are disabled. Also, there are no railings to hang onto. The other longer trail is LONG! We started out late but thought we could walk it. Luckily we bumped into a set of teenagers and they told us to go back, we'd never make it in time since it loops around. Walking back was rushed and painful and we barely made it. It was 7:15pm and luckily the guys who lock up were late. I don't think we will ever be doing that trail again. There were no signs or markers telling you where to go or anything. It's a beautiful place but needs some updating.
  • What a wonderful place. The trails are nice and well maintained. They have an area for the kiddos, and the staff is very nice.
  • Well maintained trails, however I was unable to locate any advanced trail areas. Park is very beautiful.
  • A phenomenal and weird natural experience. The floating pier keeps you above a litany of frogs and dragonflies. We hiked for about 5 hours without being bored. One of our buddies was bugged by the mosquitos on the side trails, so do bring repellent :(