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Starved Rock State Park Tonty Canyon © Bob Franklin
Starved Rock State Park LaSalle Canyon © Bob Franklin
Matthiessen State Park Old Bridge © Chris McCormick
Bridge over Cascade Falls
Cave-In-Rock State Park © Tracy Barnett
Matthiessen State Park Winter Thaw © Chris McCormick
View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.
Wolf Creek State Park © Jason Watson
Beall Woods State Park Blue Bird © Joe D McDaniels
One of the birds at Beall Woods
Sand Ridge State Forest Fallen Acorns © Betsy Cox
Fallen acorns on the forest ground of Sand Ridge State Forest.
Cardinal © stateparks.com
Cardinal
Cool Swim © stateparks.com
Keep On Leash © stateparks.com
Illinois's Parks
69 State Parks
 • 11 State Recreation Areas
 • 6 State Forests

2 State Memorials
 • State Nature Preserve
 • 5 State Natural Areas

17 State Wildlife Areas
 • State Wildlife Management Area
 • National Forest

2 National Historic Sites
 • 3 National Wildlife Refuges


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Illinois Parks Visitor Reviews
4/5/2021 11:28:53 PM Frank Holten State Recreation Area by Karla_K_H
CAT-TAILS OVER-GROWN - I have been privy to this park from my porch for over 40 years and NEVER has the upkeep been this bad WE CAN NOT SEE THE WATER.
12/4/2020 6:53:23 AM Kickapoo State Park by Steve Carr
Kickapoo MTB Exceeds Expectations - Kickapoo State Recreation Area has over 22 miles of mountain biking trails. These trails draw visitors from all over the Midwest. You will be surprised with the quality of the trail system and the beauty of the park. Everyone will find something they love about riding here. There is a great mountain biking guide available for those wanting to learn about the trails. This guide was created by the local city to promote the trail system. https//storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/aa2e3a41c3dc40fdb2aee1f3d0c2d058
8/1/2020 5:55:21 AM Sam Parr State Park by BETTE Jim
Beautiful park - Dont miss the gorgeous sunflowers This is the nicest and best maintained park we have ever been in and we have seen parks in many states
3/16/2020 1:52:12 PM Silver Springs State Park
Park gates closed 3/16/2020 - Im interested to know why the parks gates are closed . We walk there ALL the time Today we couldnt get in to park please let me know why you are keeping people out of the park dont tell me its because of Corvid-19 closings . . No chance of getting it in the open air with no one around Thanks
2/16/2020 7:08:44 PM Fort Defiance State Park
So Sad - I remember my parents stopping to show this park to us when my brother and I were young. A couple of years ago, I took my own family back to show them. As others have mentioned, the park is insane shape. The bugs were terrible. Granted, it is in the river bottoms, but as the first state park encountered upon entering the state, definitely a huge disappointment.
10/11/2018 10:28:58 PM Silver Springs State Park
Great Park -
1/27/2018 8:46:11 AM Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park by Margaret Evans
A place worth restoring - The FRIENDS of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park are an active committee of the Community Environmental Council of Macon Co who are working to restore this site to exemplify the historical significance it deserves. Little known, but the first home of Abraham Lincoln in Macon Co, it includes a scenic bluff overlooking the Sangamon River. The boat launch has been restored, steps redone and a native garden is planted around the memorial rock and flagpole. Visit Facebook for more information
1/22/2018 7:02:20 AM Fort Defiance State Park by icelady
Great site of the Ohio meeting the Missi - The camping description is incorrect. There are no electric hook ups.
10/24/2017 8:47:13 AM Dickson Mounds State Park by Dennis Williams
- Would be very good to see this opened up as a Camp Ground.
9/4/2017 10:15:19 PM Fort Defiance State Park
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8/26/2017 11:28:11 AM Fort Kaskaskia State Park by yodasister2
Solar Eclipse at the Fort: Fabulous - Upon entering the park, we were greeted by lovely volunteers, guided to a shady parking place, and offered solar glasses. My son, Zak, was right, this was the best place to view this awe inspiring event. Being with a crowd made the event special. Thank you park officials, volunteers, Chester, and Mother Nature for such a one in a life time experience.
8/22/2017 1:13:48 PM Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park by Mary Jane Hansen
2017 Solar Eclipse - Thank you for such a wonderful place to view the eclipse!! The park was clean and beautiful. The rangers provided eclipse glasses and that was really appreciated. I cannot thank you enough for providing such a wonderful place for viewing the eclipse, picnicking, and relaxing.
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