Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna

#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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125 reviews
  • August 14, 2017
    I went hiking with my hubby and a couple friends this past weekend. The weather was comfortable and there was a slight breeze but when you get out hiking in the trees the breeze doesn't help keep the ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We drove through this park this morning and found it to be very clean and well taken care of. We stopped at Lookout Point to take in the view overlooking the Mississippi River and it was breathtaking....  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The first overlook on the south end of the park was definitely the best of the few that we stopped at to look down at the Mississippi river. Beautiful views both ways down the river and at the train t...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    Very nice camp grounds, but the reviews about the trains are absolutely true. All day and night long, at least once an hour you hear a train going by blasting their horn. The only good thing is that it is so constant that after a day you get used to it. Other than the train very nice facility.
  • July 3, 2017
    Nice place to go camping with friends and family. Hiking trails we're narrow on some but still great trails. Bugs were bad this time around but I would go again. Trains were always going by but we didn't let that ruin anything for us.
  • March 25, 2017
    Great park with excellent camping. There are many good trails with good views of the limestone/dolomite cliffs and Mississippi River. I can't wait to come back and do a few more trails. We saw several Bald Eagles this week when we were hiking, including juveniles.
  • May 8, 2017
    The spring flower show at Palisades State Park is just the best. The whole hillside is covered with white trillium, purple phlox and little pink native orchids. It is gorgeous!
  • July 8, 2017
    Very scenic points where you can spend time having a picnic or see quickly when passing through. And minimal physical exertion to get to the points.

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