Live Eagle Cam! See a live view of an active Bald Eagle's nest at the visitor center. A pair of eagles has returned to a local nest, where they are currently spending several hours a day. A nature-lover's paradise, this 8,000-acre park is famous for the exceptional beauty of its fall colors and for its bald eagles during the winter. In addition to enjoying the spectacular view of the Illinois River and its backwaters from several points atop the bluffs, visitors can take advantage of a variety of year-round recreational opportunities, including horseback riding, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and boating. Pere Marquette's Visitor Center, opened in October 1997, welcomes you with a three-dimensional map of the park and wealth of other displays and exhibits concerning the Illinois River, wildlife habitat, local history, and geology.
This undulating six-mile trek of connected trails was definitely a challenge as a new hiker. I would consider it to be moderate plus. While there wasn't much to see along the hike other than at the lookout, the continuous ups and downs brought great challenges or the trail would have been boring. The signage along the way was by far THE BEST when compared to others I have done!
This area is so beautiful! The first time I went my friends and I got turned around and hiked the entire perimeter or the park (and then some). But no one was complaining because it was a great hike! The Fern Hollow trail was so lush and gorgeous in the summer! You must go here. During the winter you can see tons of bald eagles flying around.