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Matthiessen State Park Winter Thaw © Chris McCormick
View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.
Starved Rock State Park LaSalle Canyon © Bob Franklin
Beall Woods State Park Blue Bird © Joe D McDaniels
One of the birds at Beall Woods
Wolf Creek State Park © Jason Watson
Starved Rock State Park Tonty Canyon © Bob Franklin
Cave-In-Rock State Park © Tracy Barnett
Sand Ridge State Forest Fallen Acorns © Betsy Cox
Fallen acorns on the forest ground of Sand Ridge State Forest.
Matthiessen State Park Old Bridge © Chris McCormick
Bridge over Cascade Falls
Cardinal ©
Keep On Leash ©
Campfire and Hotdogs ©
Roasting hot dogs over an open fire.
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Illinois Parks Visitor Reviews
6/17/2023 9:29:08 PM Railsplitter State Park by Robert_H
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Much to be done - Madigan State Park is in need of routine maintenance and upgrades. Theres no kiosk at the parking lot to orient visitors. The box holding park brochures was empty and had a wasp nest inside. Theres no sign for the trailhead, nor any signs on the trail. The lake is very nice, but theres no picnic table, bench or fishing dock.
6/12/2023 5:02:44 PM Sam Parr State Park by Deidre_L_M
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Very Quite Park - Very nice and quiet park. Very nice to have a boat ramp close to the campgrounds. Only suggestion we would have is to trim back some of the trees on the road to the campground and through the campground road - we have a Class A and made contact quite a few times traveling through - other then that - very nice park.
5/22/2022 1:58:29 PM Illinois Beach State Park by Theresa_F
review rating - 1 to 5 stars -
5/22/2022 3:07:39 AM Ramsey Lake State Park by Sharon_W
review rating - 1 to 5 stars -
11/4/2021 7:21:14 PM Morrison-Rockwood State Park by Julie_A_K
review rating - 1 to 5 stars October weekend Get-A-Way - Wonderful Very clean Will return Fun
8/13/2021 8:42:59 PM Illinois Beach State Park by Marcel
review rating - 1 to 5 stars marcel griger - The worst park ever with worst and rude employees they dont know how to speak with clients
6/8/2021 6:13:26 PM Giant City State Park by Rosemarie_B
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Easy, beautiful hikes at Giant City -
4/5/2021 11:28:53 PM Frank Holten State Recreation Area by Karla_K_H
review rating - 1 to 5 stars 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
review rating - 1 to 5 stars 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//
8/1/2020 5:55:21 AM Sam Parr State Park by BETTE Jim
review rating - 1 to 5 stars 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
review rating - 1 to 5 stars 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
review rating - 1 to 5 stars 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.
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