What is it like to live over 1,000 years? A Bald Cypress tree in southern Illinois knows the answer to that question. The Cache River in southern Illinois is home to a Bald Cypress tree that is over 1,000 years old. In the midst of the swamp rises a majestic, storm-battered tree that has lived for centuries. The wet home is perfect for this water-loving tree species.

Bald Cypress trees
Bald Cypress trees


The Cache River wetlands area is home to eleven state champion trees, all native to Illinois, plus many other spectacular trees. A few of the large and magnificent state champion trees that can be found near the river are an American Hornbeam, Drummond Red Maple and Water Tupelo. Click here for more information and a list of the state champion trees found in the Cache River state park. The Cache River is located near the town of Belknap. Some of these trees are beyond the beaten path, be sure to bring a map and compass to find the state champion trees!

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