Starved Rock State Park

 Starved Rock State ParkOglesby, United StatesWaterfalls at Starved Rock #fishing #hiking #camping

Starved Rock is not only one of the best parks in Illinois, but one of the most beautiful destinations in the state. There are thirteen miles of trails with spectacular waterfalls and canyons through – and extraordinary icicles and ice fishing in the winter. Make sure you have enough time to explore this park by staying at the historic Starved Rock Lodge.

Cave-in-Rock State Park

 Cave-in-rockCave-In-Rock, United StatesWithin the Shawnee National Forest #hiking #camping #fishing #cave

Cave-in-Rock State Park, within the Shawnee National Forest, has high bluffs overlooking the Ohio River. There’s good fishing and the 55-foot-wide cave, which was naturally carved out of the limestone rock by the water, is a must see.

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Park

 Illinois and MIchigan CanalYorkville, United StatesScenic 98 mile route. #hiking #camping

The history of the Illinois & Michigan Canal goes back to the 17th century, when Native Americans and French explorers Marquette and Joliet realized it’s value in the trade industry. In 1823, Illinois created a commission for construction of this canal, connecting the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan through the Illinois River. This scenic 96-mile route is worth exploring for its beauty as well as its historical significance.

Pere Marquette State Park

 Pere Marquette State ParkGrafton, United StatesAlong the Illinois River #hiking #history #lodge

Pere Marquette State Park contains a mecca of bluffs and wildlife along the Illinois River. Bike and hiking trails take you through history, geology, and amazing sunsets. The Lodge at overlooks the river and has an indoor pool, restaurant, and a winery, with cabins also for rent.

Fern Clyffe State Park

 Ferne ClyffeGoreville, United StatesFerne Clyffe State Park is in Shawnee National Forest #hiking #camping

Fern displays, rocky bluffs, picturesque woods, and geological features make Fern Clyffe State Park a popular hiking area. Don’t miss the 150-foot Hawks Cave and the Big Rocky Hollow Trail, which has a 100-foot waterfall. The scenery is most spectacular in the fall.

Buffalo Rock State Park

 Buffalo Rock State ParkOttawa, United StatesBison and amazing Rick formations #hiking #camping #sculptures

Buffalo Rock State Park was once an island in the Illinois River. The 98-acre park has two American bison, Also check out the “Effigy Tumuli,” an earthwork tribute to the Native Americans who call this land home.

Mississippi Palisades State Park

 Mississippi Palisades State ParkSavanna, United StatesCaves, bluffs and rock formations #hiking #birdwatching #camping

Mississippi Palisades has 2,500 acres of caves, bluffs, sink holes, and rock formations along the Mississippi and Apple rivers. It’s a good park for bird watchers, with woodpeckers in the spring and fall, and eagles in the winter.

Hidden Springs State Forest

 Hidden Springs State ForestStrasburg, United StatesUnusual selection of native trees #hiking #fishing #swimming #biking

The 1,2000 acres is a striking area of native trees, including ash, sugar maple, black walnut, sycamore, and a variety of oaks. The complex terrain provides hiking for all abilities.

Walnut Point State Park

 Walnut Point State ParkOakland, United States700 acres for #hiking #camping #skiing

The nearly 700 acres of Walnut Point State Park have been set aside for hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, and winter cross-country skiing. The scenery is breathtaking all year round and a lot of it, thanks to tree-lined roadways, can be viewed from motor vehicles. A 65-acre nature preserve, Upper Embarrass Woods, is a prairie restoration plot within the park.

Kickapoo State Park

 Kickapoo State Recreation AreaOakwood, United StatesCrystal water. #hiking #camping #scubadiving #boating

At the site of a former surface mining operation, Kickapoo State Park offers a lot more than scenic exploration. These 2,842 acres include crystal clear water in some of its 22 ponds. Here you can not only fish and boat, but snorkel and scuba dive as well.