Mississippi Palisades State Park

Located on the Mississippi River, just outside of Savanna, IL, the Palisades is a great park for camping , hiking and picnicking. The campground offers plenty of wooded shade, pull through sites and tent camping areas. There are 2 shower houses with flush toilets and several vault toilets throughout. While the floors in the shower house were perpetually wet, the stalls were clean, even on a holiday weekend. The water spigots can be a bit of a walk if you are a dry camper. We bought a great 1 gallon calapsable bucket. It’s easy to carry, creates its own spout when you pour, and folds flat for storage.  Win win win!

We camped at site 200. It’s on a single row of sites dead ending at a trail head. With forest in front of and behind us, each night we were treated to a magical firefly show. Thousands of fireflies twinkling like fairies through the dense trees. It was beautiful. By Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend, half of  the campers left by early afternoon.  The next day 50% more broke camp. By Monday evening , we had an entire wing to ourselves. It was so quite that evening, we heard 2 different owls pretty close by. 

Hiking biking and auto touring through the park lead you to several lookouts offering beautiful vistas of the Mississippi.


It’s hard to rate the park by a number being our first adventure, but I would definitely head back for another 4-5 day adventure.

To find out more about the park: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Pages/MississippiPalisades.aspx

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