Stone Face


 
Stone Face
Stone Face is a mountain cliff in Saline County in the state of Illinois (IL). Stone Face climbs to 725 feet (220.98 meters) above sea level. and affords Beautiful views of the valley below.

Hiking:

Stone Face Trail Hike up to Stone Face is about ½ mile but strenuous at the end you are rewarded with scenic vistas and of course Stone Face.  The Stone face Trail continues to Glen O Jones’ Lake  for a total of about 3 miles. Ends at the Chief Tecumseh statue in the wildlife area of Glen O Jones.

Geology:

The complex Shawneetown Fault system is responsible for the escarpment ridge, which Stone face is a part of. The ridge rises abruptly over a flat Pleistocene lake plain whose sediments contain Pennsylvanian coal deposits. The ridge is underlain by the Caseyville sandstone. The ridge crest consists of the Grindstaff formation. The entire area is covered by a thin layer of silty soil, although most of the soils are thin and stony. Stone Face is located in the Stone face Research Natural Area and is home to natural balds and glades that are relatively undisturbed.
Plant Viewing:

Stone face Research Natural Area contains examples of xeric upland forest, dry upland forest, dry-mesic upland forest, loess hill prairie, barrens, sandstone glade, and sandstone cliff natural community's . Mead's milkweed, a species listed as Federally threatened, occurs in the area. In addition, two other rare species are found here: chokeberry  and stonecrop.

Map to Stone Face Bluff

Directions:

Stone face is north of the small town of Herod. Go North on Illinois Rt 34 to the town of Rudiment From here follow the signs to Stone Face Road, about 4 mile from Rudiment. The entrance to Stone Face is Forest Service road 150 and is about .25 miles long.