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'Old Bridge'
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Bridge over Cascade Falls

Starved Rock State Park
'LaSalle Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Castle Rock State Park
'Overlooking River'
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Beall Woods State Park
'Blue Bird '
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One of the birds at Beall Woods

Sand Ridge State Forest
'Fallen Acorns'
© Copyright Betsy Cox 2012

Fallen acorns on the forest ground of Sand Ridge State Forest.

Matthiessen State Park
'Winter Thaw'
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View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.

Wolf Creek State Park
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Starved Rock State Park
'Tonty Canyon'
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Illinois Parks Visitor Reviews
2/18/2014 8:55:26 PM Montebello State Park by George R. Carlisle.
Too bad the Covered bridge Burned Down - The red 169-foot covered bridge was burned by vabndals July 3, 1969. The bridge has not yet been replaced, although there has been talk of an 8-foot wide pedestrian only replacement covered bridge. That would help the park a lot. There has not been so much use since the bridge burned; Montebellow ahs been merely n access point to launch boats on the river. A large gravel pile stands in the way; this is used to raise the Route 136 roadway when the river is flooding. Montebello needs to be developed. Space is limited, but it would be nice to have even a small primitive campground (no hookups, but a water faucet and outdoor toilets and fireplaces; if not, there should be at least picnic tables and outdoor toilets. If some area could be annexed along the Warsaw Great River Road, there might be campgrounds along this road, although they are subject to flooding when the river is high. If the unused portion of the Keokuk Junction Railway, Warsaw Branch, were removed, there might be campsites and They could be close to the highway. Flooding is the main issue. There is camping in nearby Wildcat Springs Park, a hamilton City park.
10/27/2013 4:22:03 PM Fort Chartres State Park by Nanalee
one of our family favorites - We enjoyed the fort and museum emensely and recommend it to everyone.
10/25/2013 5:42:45 AM Walnut Point State Park by william perry
great park - with the concession reopening april 1st of 2014 its going to explode the amount of visitors to this wonderful place
8/11/2013 4:50:21 PM Kickapoo State Park by dotty roberts
loved the wildlife - it was a very quite plac3e and peaceful. I loved it all of us enjoyed the deer walking around.
7/2/2013 12:24:27 PM Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area by jeff stevens
our favorite spot to fish blue gills. - love fishing here for blue gills just wish they would raise the crele limit. none the less my wife and i travel 1 hr. and ten mins. to get here.
6/14/2013 12:25:32 PM Rock Cut State Park by Jimmy C
Very well kept park. Orderly and clean. - Spacious camp sites. Beautiful setting. Will go again and again. Only draw back was a group of campers three sites down were loud talking and noisy most of the night. I still heard them after 1 AM. Felt bad for the family next to them as they had little kids. My wife and I used ear plugs.
5/30/2013 6:59:06 AM Rock Cut State Park
Great for picniking and swimming. - Very nice, clean and pretty park. Lovely lake to picnic by. They have a small beach area where you can swim and I thin rent rafts. Hiking trails and many birds.
5/30/2013 6:53:55 AM Buffalo Rock State Park
Great area to walk around! - Very clean and well kept. Great for picnics and walking around and viewing the effigies. Great views of the river. Nice area and well kept for viewing the animals. Love to stop here.
5/30/2013 6:48:20 AM Illini State Park
One of my favorites! - We have rented the small cabin by the river several times and really enjoyed our stays. Love watching the barges go bye. Good hiking trails. Fishing area within driving distance of park. In the park we saw many different birds. Close to other nice State parks also. Very clean.
Great views of the Mississippi River. - Very pretty area. We saw a variety of birds. Good trails and clean campsites. The river is awesome!
5/30/2013 6:34:34 AM Sand Ridge State Forest
Beautiful Area - Lovely pine tree with very pretty camp site. Interesting area with cactus. We saw quite a few people with their horses their in the horse camp area. Ticks and air mites. Be prepared. It is a very lovely area with good trails.
5/27/2013 2:40:38 PM Starved Rock State Park by Jairocol
One of my favorite Parks - We were surprise to find these many beautiful things together:canyons,trails,nature,waterfalls,etc A good place to be with the family,my kids enjoyed and it is close to chicago.
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