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Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
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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  • Nice place to relax in the sunshine, watch the river flow, read a book, and take a nap. But not much diffferent than many other places along the MS River. 
  • Sorry we did not have more time to walk around but we did get out a few times, walk trail to overlook. Beautiful views of river and bluffs. This is a gorgeous spot and I wish it were closer to our hom...  read more »
  • Take some time and walk around the trails.... Stay on the trails there are snakes in the rocks. Washrooms were clean and all over. The views of the Mississippi are great. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My go-to happy place. Nothing more beautiful in the area. Absolutely breathtaking views, trails and fun. Be careful, though. It's hiiiiiiiiiiiiigh up! Have fun!
  • We went there recently for just a few days. I agree, the views are beautiful, the paths are not kept up very well, the campsites are quite spacious, and it was quiet at times. What was never mentioned in anything I read was that the very busy railroad sounded like it ran thru the campground, trains coming through every half hour or so, sometimes closer, sometimes farther apart, all day and all night. But every time a train came through, they had to blow their whistle three times. That got a little old about 3 o'clock in the morning! The one bath house for women was not maintained very well. (Don't know about the other one). The handicapped shower had an out of order sign on it. The next shower literally dripped water out when the button was pushed, and the third one worked just okay. I showered in the camper after the first time. I was actually glad to go home and get a good night's sleep.
  • Great place to camp with family and friends. Nice campsites that, while not exactly secluded, do give you at least some semblance of your own space. A substantial network of hiking trails with quite a lit of elevation change and many good lookout points overlooking the Mississippi from the top of the bluffs. In winter in particular this is a wonderful camping experience, as you pretty much have the park to yourself.
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