Snake Road in Shawnee National Forest is closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday, which means it’s open to hikers, walkers, crawlers and those who slither.
The U.S. Forest Service closes the road to accommodate migration of reptiles, amphibians and, most famously, the snakes of the area during the fall and spring migrations. Shawnee National Forest says about 65 percent of amphibians and about 60 percent of reptiles in Illinois are found in that area. Some of them are on threatened or endangered lists.
“If you are a snake geek, it is the place to be to see snake diversity,” said Tracy Fidler, spokesperson for the Forest
Snake Road is near Grand Tower, Illinois and will reopen to vehicles on Oct. 30.