The Native American pathfinders along the rock palisades of the Mississippi River did as present-day hikers do - in coursing the bluffs, they took the paths of least resistance. The trails at the Mississippi Palisades, especially the parks southern routes, puts you in touch with the past. Walk them and youll trace the footsteps of all those who came before you, some of whom came this way nearly a thousand years ago. Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers in northwestern Illinois, the 2,500-acre Mississippi Palisades State Park is rich in American Indian history.
There are several areas on the south section where the trails have not received maintenance. Stairs have washed out, and trees are down across the trails. This may be due to the State of Illinois budget difficulties, but who knows? At any rate, if you are hiking with very young children this might make the trail more challenging. We rather enjoyed the extra effort required.
Took the whole family this past weekend. Little legs worked hard up some of the hills. Aspen trail was a favorite on the Northside of the park. High Point trail did not offer that great of an 'outlook' spot to view the river. On the Southside we drove to the outlook points which were incredible. The trails were too difficult for the preschooler in our group.
Pretty park--there is no way I hiked 15 miles there however. We spent the day there and hiked many trails....but nowhere near fifteen miles. This best hikes were closest to river where we could look out on the rocks and railroad tracks.