Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna

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#9 of 38 in Nature in Illinois
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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  • This is a beautiful place to visit but even better to visit in the summer or spring we were disappointed because most of the over looks were closed so you couldn't get to them but we still enjoy going...  more »
  • This park has a lot of "Lookout Points" where there are beautiful views. There are many places to take some great photos especially at "Sundown" . Great park for camping and hiking too! We've been to ...  more »
  • Hoped to see some eagles, but didn't. Public areas and picnic tables need improvement! Isolated public areas. Afraid to get out of car.  more »
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  • Great state park. Beautiful hiking trails overlooking the Mississippi River. One of the best spots to watch a Sunset in Illinois. Wonderful park for photographers looking for landscapes of the Mississippi River.
  • This is a gorgeous, well-maintained campground with great hiking trails and lovely lookout points over the Mississippi river. Trains come by frequently, even throughout the night, but it didn't bother us too much. The fees are affordable, it's pet friendly and has electrical hook ups for the non-tent campers. There's fire pits with grates for cooking at every site, plus plenty of picnic shelters. The rangers are friendly. I loved my stay here!
  • Spacious campground with some fun hiking trails. Our family has a great time. They had no problem with fires, and it was quiet while we were there, even on a weekend.
  • Very scenic park. The campground itself is so-so. Bathroom/shower house old and worn. Nowhere to set toiletries in the shower. Water came out in a mist, Hard to rinse off soap and shampoo, especially if you're a short person. Need paint and a BIG makeover. Signage in park almost non-existant. Good thing it's a beautiful place, because the amenities need an overhaul. One more gripe, can't even have a beer or two around the fire. Alcohol strictly prohibited in entire park. We did not know this when we booked, as have never heard of this type of thing. Oh well, we survived for our two night visit.
  • Good rappelling and climbing available. One spot is over 100 ft. The woman at the gate didn't see our group on her list even though we had already paid to park there and reserved a campground. Ultimately she just let us through. Since guy from the Illinois climbing club happened to be climbing nearby and saw us rappelling. He said "you know that spot is off limits for climbing right?" We did not know that. It was not marked in any way. All the signs said it was for climbing, so not sure how anyone would know that. Fun place. Great views. Bring lots of bug spray.

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