9 Terrifying Reasons Illinois Just Might Be The Most Haunted State In America
By Elizabeth Crozier|Updated on September 20, 2023(Originally published August 16, 2022)
An Illinois transplant who grew up and went to school in Indiana for 22 years, Elizabeth holds a BFA in creative writing and has enjoyed traveling across the country and parts of Europe. She has visited half of the states, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and regularly travels home to the Hoosier State to see friends and family. With more than five years of writing experience, Elizabeth’s articles have been featured on several websites, and her poetry and short stories have been published in multiple literary journals.
Interested in the most haunted places in Illinois? You may not want to live in the good ol’ Land of Lincoln anymore once you’ve learned about these nine real haunted places in Illinois. The state is full of terrifying spots to avoid and these are just a few of the scariest!
In Oglesby, there’s Starved Rock State Park. This 2,630-acre park has 13 miles of trails to explore and quite a few waterfalls to see. There are also opportunities for boating and fishing.
Mississippi Palisades State Park is located in Savanna. There is much to do in this 2,500-acre park, including 15 miles of hiking trails, swimming, and boating. But the real highlight is the limestone caves and rock formations, such as Indian Head and Twin Sisters.
The family-owned and operated Honey Hill Orchard is located in Waterman. Here, there are more than 2,000 trees to pick from, with 25 varieties available like Golden Supreme and Rubymac. And if picking isn’t for you, head to the country store to grab honey, apple cider, produce, and a whole lot more.
Poplar Grove’s Edwards Apple Orchard boasts 30 varieties of apples, such as Ginger Gold, Liberty, and Blondee, within its 100 acres. You can also pick berries and pumpkins. Grab some apple cider donuts to bring home or head to the Cider Cellar Café to grab a bite.
What are the best fall hikes in Illinois?
While going out for a hike is great year-round, there is something about the crisp air and colorful leaves that make fall destinations in Illinois such great experiences.
In Golconda, there’s Dixon Springs State Park. This 801-acre park is chockfull of gorgeous trees, some of them over a century old. You’ll also find a 165-foot-tall red oak tree, the tallest in the state. Some of the prettiest foliage trails include Ghost Dance Trail and Oak Tree Trail.
Morton Arboretum in Lisle has more than 4,000 different types of trees throughout its 1,700 acres. And there are 16 miles of trails for you to take in all the fall foliage.