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Fort Defiance Park, Cairo

#121 of 135 in Parks in Illinois
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  • This is worth the 15 minutes it takes to stop and walk to the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. It is a neat sight. However, there is nothing else there! In the warmer weather maybe have ...  more »
  • As others have said the park doesn't have much to brag about, but it does have something of interest. It is where the Ohio and Mississippi river flow together and it is the southernmost tip of Illinoi...  more »
  • It's not recommended, but you can stand with one foot in the Ohio River and the other in the Mississippi River.  more »
  • From reading other reviews I expected to be disappointed. There were barges moored off to the east on the Ohio. They didn't obscure the view as bad as others have stated, but they do detract from the natural beauty. I spent about 15 minutes here. The lookout tower is covered in graffiti and its windows have been bricked up long ago. You can still get a slightly better view from the top. It would be more amazing if a much taller tower was constructed for a more impressive view. Fort Defiance State Park: two rivers enter, but only one may leave.
  • This is where the two Rivers; Ohio and Mississippi Rivers meet. It was interesting, but not very well maintained. There was a lot of trash strewn about.
  • Where the Mississippi River and the Ohio River converge. Considering this is the meeting place of two of the greatest rivers in the world, you'd think this place would be better taken care of.
  • It is really to see where to powerful rivers converge. You can see eddy currents being created by the force of the two rivers.
  • This place is a death trap if you enter on foot. When the river is high walking is the only method of entry. There is turbulent river on all sides and a single entry point immediately adjacent to US highway in an geographically remote and severely economically depressed area. Do not enter this "park" alone. Even entering as a pair felt overtly unsafe.

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