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.

I hiked Sentinal loop with my dog. It was 1.5 miles with lots of ups and downs. There have been a lot of storms this summer so many trees were down across the path. It was a bit of a workout.

4 months ago

We backpacked the Aspen trail in the north section of the park and stayed at primitive site A. This trip included me, my best friend and two of our daughters. We arrived on a Saturday morning and all 3 primitive sites were available. I suspect that the sites are pretty much always open. This was a shakedown backpacking trip for us so we wanted a short trail. The Aspen trail at 1.1 miles fit the bill. The trail is wide but mostly uphill. You come to an intersection with a pit toilet and signs to the primitive sites. Each site has a fire ring with a grill and a picnic table. Plenty of flat area to pitch two tents. After we set up our site, we hiked the Bittersweet trail back to the main campground to retrieve bug spray from our car. The bugs were pretty bad. We drove down to the south part of the park and hiked half of the Sunset trail. The part we went on was not on the bluffs but had very challenging ups and downs.
It was very hot out and buggy but we had a great time. Good place to test out your backpack equipment.

Beautiful sunset and not much hiking to find

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

fun yet difficult in parts great for scouts

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Monday, August 08, 2016

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.

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Good hike! Not to hard but the north trail was a little boring.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quick hike with a few good views of the river. Great for young kids.

Easy and fun hike. Cool overlook points. not the most exciting hike.