The Forest Preserve District of Will County has protected Keepataw Preserve, a former limestone quarry, and opened a short trail to the public.
About Keepataw Preserve
Keepataw Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland and a portion of the Des Plaines River.
A unique feature of the site is a 60-foot bluff carved from limestone deposits mined around the turn of the 20th century.
Wildlife found at the preserve includes the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly and other rare species.
The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including robin’s plantain, Ohio horse mint and false pennyroyal.