Baby deer and rushing waterfalls, gaping caves and legendary creatures are some of the draws of these Illinois State Parks for families on vacation:
Like a gigantic mouth in the mountain bluffs, Shawnee National Forest's 55 foot wide cave entrance is a delight for children to see. Eroded from the limestone by water, the cave overlooks the sparkling Ohio River which provides excellent fishing and boating opportunities.
Walk as silently as a Native American brave through parkland inhabited over a thousand years ago. Tread softly as you spot raptors and silent deer. Discover secret waterfalls and more at these Illinois State Parks for hikers:
It is no surprise that Ferne Clyffe is a popular hiking destination. Waterfalls a hundred foot high welcome you to its trail system. Venture through whispering woodland and ascend rocky bluffs where you can visit the 150 ft long Hawks Cave. In the fall the Big Rocky Hollow Trail is especially dramatic.
Plunge into outdoor activities at these dynamic State Parks. Rappel down ledges and dive into the crystalline depths of Lake Michigan. Here are some of Illinois' most thrilling State Parks: