Road closed in Shawnee National Forest for annual migration

A road is closed in the Shawnee National Forest so that snakes and amphibians can migrate.

The USDA Forest Service says that Snake Road will be closed until October 30.

Many snakes and amphibians cross the road to migrate from LaRue Swamp to the nearby limestone bluffs so they can hibernate for the winter.

The road is closed to vehicles, but is open to people traveling on foot.

To reach Snake Road from Jonesboro: Take Highway 146 west 8 miles to Highway 3; then north 8 miles on Highway 3 to Muddy Levee Road. Then east 3 miles to LaRue Rd., at the ‘T’ turn right into Winters Pond parking lot.

To reach Snake Road from Murphysboro: Take Highway 149 west 7 miles to Highway 3; then south 14 miles on Highway 3 to Muddy Levee Road. Then east 3 miles to LaRue Rd., at the ‘T’ turn right into Winters Pond parking lot.

If you have questions on the migration, you are asked to call the Shawnee National Forest office in Jonesboro at (618) 833-8576.

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