Nachusa Grasslands is located four miles northwest of Franklin Grove on Lowden Road, between Naylor and Stonebarn Roads. Preserve hours of operation. The Nachusa Grasslands Preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk.
Visitor Center Nachusa's new Visitor Center is now open. When you arrive at the Visitor Center, park in the new lot and climb the low hill to the pavilion featuring exhibits that tell the story of Nachusa.
Westbound I-88: Exit at Route 251 North to Route 38 West. Travel through Ashton and into Franklin Grove (approx. 16 miles). Go two blocks past Casey’s General Store and turn right (North) on Daysville Rd./1700E (brown sign: Franklin Creek Natural Area). Travel 1.5 miles north to Naylor Rd./1950N, turn left (West) and go 2.2 miles to Lowden Rd./1500E. Turn right (North) and go 1 mile to Visitor Entrance (on left with the kiosk).
From the West
Eastbound I-88: Take exit 54 on Route 26 North towards Dixon. Follow Route 2 North out of Dixon for 2 miles. Turn right (East) on Lost Nation Rd./1950N. Go one mile to Maples Rd./1150E, turn right and then immediately left on Naylor Rd./1950N. Go east for 3.5 miles to Lowden Rd./1500E. Turn left (North) and go 1 mile to Visitor Entrance (on left with kiosk).
Take Route 39 South. Exit at Route 64 West. Drive for 16 miles, to the light at Daysville Rd./1700E, which is just before Oregon, IL. Go left (south) on Daysville Rd. for 2.5 miles to Lowden Rd./1500E (past LaVigna Restaurant). Note brown sign for Lowden-Miller State Forest. Turn right and continue southwards on Lowden Rd. for 7 miles (you will pass Flagg and Stonebarn Roads) to the Visitor Entrance (the kiosk on the right).
From the South
Take Route 39 North. Exit at Route 38 West (left) to Rochelle. Go through several traffic lights for approx. 2 miles to Caron Rd. Turn right (North) and follow the curve to Flagg Rd. Turn left (West) and go 14 miles to Lowden Rd./1500E. Turn left (South) and drive for 1.8 miles to the Visitor Entrance (on right with kiosk).