Hop In The Car And Visit 7 Of Illinois’ Covered Bridges In One Day

Although very few remain around the Prairie State, there’s something so charming about covered bridges in Illinois. If you’re looking for a road trip adventure that will take a day to complete, here’s an itinerary we put together that will take you to seven covered bridges around central and southern Illinois.

Who’s ready for a road trip to discover covered bridges in Illinois? Have you visited any of these charming covered bridges before? Please tell us all about it in the comments and share photos if you can!

Craving more history in Illinois? Check out these historic Illinois towns.

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Scenic Illinois

April 23, 2023

What are the most scenic towns in Illinois?

Ready to see more beauty after visiting covered bridges in Illinois? Schedule a visit to some of these scenic towns in Illinois:

  • Woodstock: Aside from being the spot where the 1993 movie Groundhog Day was filmed, there is much more to this town. The entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places and there’s also the Woodstock Opera House.
  • Ottawa: With close proximity to Starved Rock State Park, this LaSalle County town is a great spot to stop for something to eat at Monte's Riverside Inn and some shopping at places like A Mess of Things.
  • Fulton: This Whiteside County town focuses on its Dutch history. Take in the 1998 windmill or explore Heritage Canyon, a nature walk featuring 1800s-style structures.


What are the best hikes with a view in Illinois?

See the beautiful outdoors of the state by taking some of the best hikes with a view in Illinois:

  • Waterfall Glen Trail: Located in Darien, this is a paved 9.5-mile loop trail within the 2,500-acre park. As you explore, you’ll come across several water features and a waterfall.
  • Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail: You’ll find this two-mile loop within the 1,938-acre Matthiessen State Park in Oglesby. As you make your way on it, you’ll see a waterfall as well as beautiful canyons.
  • Giant City Nature Trail: Located in Cobden, this one-mile loop will take you along a wooden boardwalk surrounded by canyons and flowers.


What are the best state parks in Illinois?

There are 41 state parks in Illinois. Here are some of the best state parks in Illinois:

  • Cave-In-Rock State Park: Located in Hardin County, this 204-acre park is part of the Shawnee National Forest. As the name might suggest, there is a 55-foot natural cave to explore as well as opportunities for fishing and boating.
  • Castle Rock State Park: You’ll find this 2,000-acre park in Oregon. With access to Rock River, this is a great spot for paddling, and you can take in views from the boardwalk trail. Other activities here include hiking, biking, swimming, and camping.
  • Chain O Lakes State Park: You might guess from the name, but to be clear, this Spring Grove park is a great choice for paddling and fishing. In fact, the park has 6,500 acres of water and almost 500 miles of shoreline. Other activities here include biking, hiking, and horseback riding.