White Rock Nature Preserve contains a 2-mile non-looping trail system through dense and healthy woodlands. The parking area for White Rock is located at 6438 Bluff Road, Valmeyer, IL. Walk north along Bluff Road to the first private roadway and then east on the this roadway until you come to the trailhead. At the gate, begin a steady climb on Early Venture Way Trail to Madeline’s Rest. Here you will be able to view the now closed entrance to what was the White Mine, from which limestone was once quarried. Just to the right, as you face the mine opening, are interpretive signs and commemorative stones. In photos and text, the signs tell you a little about the history of the Preserve and the stones pay tribute to those that donated monetarily to the White Rock Stewardship Fund and in-kind to the development of White Rock’s infrastructure. The White Mine Trail rises rapidly from Madeline’s Rest and leads you to North Ridgetop Trail and South Ridgetop Trail, both of which terminate at hill prairie overlooks. Hikers are requested to remain on the trails at all times as dangerous areas exist off the trails.
The Preserve is also used for educational programs such as wildflower walks, wintertime tree bark ID and owl prowls which are hosted by Clifftop, a local conservation organization which co-owns the property.