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Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna

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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 an under used park with great views of the Mississippi. We've usually hiked on the north side to the High Point shelter for a picnic with great views of the river. If you'd rather drive or are...  more »
  • Went here in hope of a good hike, choose the Aspen and Deer trail. These trails were a mess, overgrown, and trees and washouts all along the two trails Don't know if the state of Illinois or someone e...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.