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Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna

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State Park
Mississippi Palisades State Park, is a National Natural Landmark located in Carroll County, Illinois just north of the town of Savanna. It is a partially conserved section of the Mississippi Palisades. The area contains many caves and large cliffs along the Mississippi River at the mouth of the Apple River (Illinois) in the Driftless Area of far northwestern Illinois.In popular cultureIndie music artist Sufjan Stevens made reference to the Palisades in his song "The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!" on his 2005 concept album Illinois.
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  • The weather was exceptionally warm for February so we went to the Scenic Overlook! There are wooden stairs but good railings so easy to get down to! The river and railroad are beautiful!  more »
  • Wound up camping here overnight after we discovered the hotels were all booked up due to a big craft fair in Galena. Spent some pleasant hours hiking trails with beautiful views of the river before he...  more »
  • have gone for annual day trip to Mississippi Palisades and enjoyed motorcycle ride through park, stopping a scenic overlooks, but camped there for first time this year. Campground seems as big as the ...  more »
  • The sites are well maintained, the staff is reasonably helpful, and the trails and shelters are beautiful. Shower houses, dump stations, and water pumps are also functional and accessible. One complaint is that I've visited during the late summer/fall and the early winter and in every case the bathrooms have been pretty foul, with an overbearing stench and full of bugs. The proximity to the Mississippi also ensures that you will get mosquito bites in the park until there's been at least a couple of good frosts. There's also a train line that runs fairly close to the front of the park, but most of the noise was at night and not enough to wake me, at least. Having stayed in at least one other campsite along the Mississippi between Savannah and Galena, I can also say that the train noise, even near the front of this park, is mitigated more than in other parks by the fact that there is a road and trees between the tracks and the park entrance. In other parks I have stayed at the tracks run right along an outer edge of the campground, with nothing but a fence separating campsites from the noise. Some of the campsites tend to be very close to one another or straddle a trailhead, but most/all of the sites I saw were mowed and had the picnic table and fire pit. About 2/3 of the camping sites are non-reservable, so there tends to be open, quality spots available for walk-up even on busier weekends. It is also a very quick, maybe 10 minute drive to the stores in Savannah, and a slightly longer, half hour or so drive to shopping in Galena.
  • train kept a rollin' all night long, train kept a rollin' all night long, train kept a rollin' all night long, train kept a rollin' all night long...
  • This is one of my favorite places to return to, after a childhood's worth of summers spent in this area. Usually we just drive to the top and walk out to Lookout Point, a beautiful vista. I've also walked some of the trails, which are quite pleasant. Some of them are more rough than others. I did spend the night tent camping here once. While it was a more rustic experience than other parks I've camped in, it was comfortable and very quiet and serene. The sites are well spaced and supplied with facilities. There's even a playground in the park. The evening brought a magical show of fireflies lighting up the entire forest canopy. One of my favorite memories ever. There are frequently trains running past near the front of the park, but I didn't notice them during the night I spent in the park.
  • Amazing views, many beautiful trails and outlooks. Lots of camping areas. Great place to spend a weekend.
  • Seriously breathtaking views of the upper Mississippi River. But that's kinda it.... oh and Mosquitoes, tons of them. There are some nice looking trails, but I had my mountain bike and all the trails say foot travel only. So that didn't work out that great. Recommend planning/taking activities with you if you plan on staying here.