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Mississippi Palisades State Park
MISSISSIPPI PALISADES STATE PARK
MISSISSIPPI PALISADES STATE PARK
16327A IL Rte. 84
Savanna, Illinois   61074

Phone: 815-273-2731
Reservations: 815-273-2731
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Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
© Copyright 2007 Mike Hughes

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
'Palisades'
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Overlooking the river from a scenic bluff.

Mississippi Palisades State Park
'Sentinel Rock'

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
'Overlooking Mississippi River'

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
'Mississippi River Seen From Sentinel Rock'

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Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park

The Native American pathfinders along the rock palisades of the Mississippi River did as present-day hikers do - in coursing the bluffs, they took the paths of least resistance. The trails at the Mississippi Palisades, especially the park's southern routes, puts you in touch with the past. Walk them and you'll trace the footsteps of all those who came before you, some of whom came this way nearly a thousand years ago.

Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers in northwestern Illinois, the 2,500-acre Mississippi Palisades State Park is rich in American Indian history.
Nature of the Area
Palisades is the word used to describe a line of lofty, steep cliffs usually seen along a river, and Mississippi Palisades, 3 miles north of Savanna in Carroll County, handsomely lives up to its name. Caves are evident as are dangerous sink holes-limestone caves that go straight down. Erosion has carved intriguing rock formations, including Indian Head, with its aquiline characteristics, and Twin Sisters, a pair of humanoid figures on the bluff tops. The U.S. Interior Department recognized the remarkable nature of this area when in 1973 it designated acreage here as a national landmark.

Wooded ravines, whose brilliant hues splash the cliffs with color each autumn, dissect the unglaciated terrain. Ferns, dot the deep ravines, while in the park's northern region, leaves of the white birch ripple in the wind. Each spring and summer the valleys and slopes are dappled with the blooms of trillium, bluebell, lobelia, shooting star and yellow ladies' slipper.

Animal life, within the park and the river areas immediately adjoining it, is varied. Waterfowl and shorebirds are numerous, as are wild turkeys. Striking pileated woodpeckers make their home in the park, and depending on ice conditions, eagles feed at the river in January and February. Because so many birds migrate along the river, their lyrical songs can be heard at the Mississippi Palisades each spring and fall.

But not all that's fascinating about Mississippi Palisades' wildlife is in the skies. White-tailed deer, gray squirrel, skunk, muskrat and weasel can be viewed in the park, as can mink, gray and red fox, woodchuck and, even occasionally, badger.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseHuntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
With 241 Class A and B sites in both shaded and open areas, Mississippi Palisades is in demand by campers. Electrical hookups are available at 110 sites. Showers and flush toilets are situated in three buildings and are in operation from May 1 until Oct 31. You can pick up supplies at a camp convenience store, open during the summer. The campground also features water and two sanitary dump stations. Only campers with permits are allowed in the campground, with admittance prohibited from 10 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Reservations are no longer being taken for the Class A and B sites at Mississippi Palisades.

Two youth camping areas are also available. These may be reserved from June 1 through October 31. An adult must accompany every group of 15 minors. Any group of 25 or more must get permission from the site personnel before entering the park.
Nearby Accommodations
Mississippi River Lodge - Thomson, ILBBs / Inns
Our Vacation Rental Home is located right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River between Savanna and Thomson Illinois. Our location has one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Mississippi River around. We are only a few miles south of the Mississippi Palisades State Park and just one block away from the Great River Bike path that runs from Savanna to East Moline. Spend your next vacation or leisure weekend on the Mighty Mississippi.
8.9 miles from park*
Savanna - Savanna, ILHotels/Motels
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
3 miles from park*
Blue Bed Breakfast - Savanna, ILBBs / Inns
Located downtown Main Street in historic Savanna, Illinois, has three lovely and comfortable guest rooms decorated in a vintage decor, where sleep comes easy on plush beds. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the Mississippi River from tiered decking.
3 miles from park*
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Picnicking
Throw a checkered tablecloth across one of the park's many picnic tables and enjoy one of summer's simple pleasures. Playgrounds and toilets are convenient to the picnic areas. The shelter houses and drinking fountains in the park attest to the 1930's craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Three shelters are available to groups of 25 or more on a reservation basis.
Trails
The gateway to seeing the park's impressive assortment of plant and animal life is its rugged 13-mile trail system. The five trails in the northern part of the park are generally wider and less strenuous than the five in the south, which are narrow and extremely close to the bluff. The southern trails also are very hazardous when wet.

The North System includes High Point Trail at 3.5 miles and Aspen at 1.9 miles. Sentinel Trail, at 1.2 miles including spurs, is the South System's longest hike, but it and other southern loops aren't for the tenderfoot. Ozzie's Point, Louis' Point and Lookout Point, four developed overlooks accessible by short walks, offer a surfaced trail leading to an overlook. Oak Point offers a trail surface suitable for the physically challenged.

Hiking trails are closed during the park's three-day firearm deer season, and specific information in available at the park office.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 30 Great views of the Mississippi River.
Very pretty area. We saw a variety of birds. Good trails and clean campsites. The river is awesome!
May 9 beautiful by tara
the hiking trail was amazing
February 23 A favorite place by Bernadette
I marvel that we are blessed to live nearby this park. The person who said the overlooks were blocked by trees did not visit Lookout Point; a breathtaking view every time. Hiking, camping, or just a quick stop...we never tire of it. If you take children on some clifftop trail areas, be prepared to hold tight to their hands. Hesitant to post & encourage crowding the park, but that would be selfish!
November 27 Bald eagles seen! by Alice
We saw five bald eagles circling up high, right above our car, on November 26, 2010. Incredible, unforgettable!
July 5 For the minds eye. by Bill Latimer
My family and I make journeys here to enjoy the wandering trails,breezy scenic overlooks to wind whispered trees on star filled nights.we find it hard to leave,but we are eager to return.
June 8 Lost Potential by L. Williams
The campground is well kept with large, open sites and clean restrooms. We went hoping to see the Mississippi river, but the campground is nowhere near the water. In fact, there is nothing much to see except trees. The overlooks were especially disappointing as they were nearly all overgrown with trees that blocked the views in all directions. We hiked the 1.5 miles up the High Point trail only to find a dilapidated shelter and overgrowth so thick that any view of the surrounding area below was impossible. The Marina across the road is a broken down disaster area. No swimming anywhere we could find. Overall - a letdown.
April 30 Our favorite campground in IL
This place is beautiful... nice campsites, hiking trails, and very clean. We visit at least 4-5 times a year. We have lots of good memories of Palisade Park.
October 28 Fall colors were gorgeous
Here is my article I wrote inspired by my visit to the park last week. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-10429-Chicago-Adventure-Travel-Examiner~y2009m10d22-Mississippi-Palisades-State-Park-fall-foliage-in-full-splendor
October 4 beautiful campground by bill
This place is so quiet and private. The campground is nicely laid out. No two sites are quite the same. Clean restrooms and showers and a friendly staff. The park is very clean
March 12 Best Camping In Illinois by zkgubs
Me and my friends go at least twice a year. Awesome time!
September 18 Illinois best kept secret by Jeff Rapp Capron, Illinois
An excellent park for hunting!! lots of deer and turkey that are well managed. troughy bucks can be harvested by the more experienced hunter. plenty of additional wildlife to see while hunting also. friendly people, very clean park. A great place to take the first time hunter and have success. Park rangers are courtious and professional. Camping and trails are also a great experience throughout the year. this is by far the best state park I have been to. A must see for any outdoorsman.
September 2 Great Camping
What a wonderful state park! Campsites had plenty of space between them, the park was kept in pristine condition, staff was very friendly. A great experience with plenty to do nearby.
August 11 Our first camping experience
This was our first time camping and it was so memorable. We had so much fun, great trails great location. We stayed in the little hill and no one else was around us. Bathrooms were very close and very clean. Great place for kids. Perfect way to start our new favorite thing.
July 10 A Great Experience by Donna Flint, MI
We were visiting my brother in IL. We met some of his buddies at the Paisades to climb one Sunday and what an experience. A beautiful place.
May 30 Excellent family camping and facilities by Dale from Walnut
Great stop for Motorcycle trips, very clean restrooms
May 17 A Real Suprise by Scott Newkirk
We were pleasantly suprised with the park. It has very large campsites and a lot of great hiking trails. It is very well kept and not overcrowded like a lot of parks. An A+ park in all regards.


Area Campgrounds

Timber Lake Resort
8216 Black Oak Road
Mt. Carroll, IL
815-244-1600


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White Pines Inn - Mt Morris, ILCottages and Cabins
Located within White Pines Forest State Park in Northwestern Illinois, hidden away in a place that seems like time forgot, discover the historic lodge restaurant, pioneer guest cabins, delightful country gift shop, and entertaining dinner theatre.
Web Site: whitepinesinn.com
36.5 miles from park*
Hickory Hideaway - Shannon, ILCottages and Cabins
More than just lodging, it's home to 12 cabins located on 10 wooded acres just minutes from Lake Carroll approximately 30 minutes from beautiful state parks such as Mississippi Palisades, Lake Le-Aqua- Na, White Pines Forest, Rock Cut, Morrison-Rockwood. A romantic whirlpool cabin with fireplace or country kitchenette can accommodate everything from intimate parties to family reunions. Enjoy our friendly atmosphere beside the bonfire or in our 8-person hot tub.
Web Site: hickoryhideaway.com/
18 miles from park*
Starved Rock Lodge Conference Center - Oglesby, ILHotels/Motels
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins and Starved Rock Inn. The historic Lodge has 69 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms, plus cabins nestled in the woods. Fireplaces can be found in four of the eight sunset cabins near the pool area...
Web Site: starvedrocklodge.com/
82.7 miles from park*
Area Resources
Savanna - Savanna, ILTourism
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
Web Site: visitsavanna.com
3 miles from park*
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Directions
From I-90, exit at US Rt. 20 west (Galena/Freeport exit). From Rt. 20, turn south on Rt. 84. The park is located 18 miles from Rt. 20.

From I-80, exit on Rt. 84 and travel north approximately 50 miles to reach the park which is located three miles north of Savanna.

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