This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Illinois Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
Illinois has some really great natural beauty. Did you ever consider trying to see it all along a road trip? You can see all of this breathtaking beauty on this wonderful road trip that visits 10 of the best natural wonders in Illinois.
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National Wonders in Illinois
What are some other natural wonders in Illinois?
Contrary to its nickname, Illinois is *not* all prairies and flat expanses. It's waterfalls and canyons and natural wonders galore! Here are some more natural wonders in Illinois to visit:
- Inspiration Point, Wolf Lake. True to its name, this IL overlook is sure to inspire and satisfy even the most insatiable wanderlust. You'll find inspiring views of the Mississippi River and Big Muddy Riverbottom atop this 300-foot limestone cliff. Getting there does involve a hike of 0.7 miles with elevation, but the panoramic views are so worth the climb!
- Bell Smith Springs, Ozark. Canyons, sandstone cliffs, streams, and lush vegetation are abundant in this part of the Shawnee National Forest. Bell Smith Springs has a trail system that leads to many marvelous rock formations including a 150-foot natural bridge!
- Wildcat Canyon, Oglesby. Wildcat Canyon has the tallest waterfall within Starved Rock State Park at 70 feet. However, its flow is dependent on rain. Although it can be quite a difficult hike to get there, the Campanula Trail is the easiest choice as it is shorter. There is also a creek crossing which may be deep after it rains. This impressive waterfall can also be viewed from the boardwalk along the trail.
- St. Louis Canyon Falls, Oglesby. Also within Starved Rock State Park, St. Louis Canyon Falls is an 80-foot tall, spring-fed waterfall which makes it last longer than most. Like Wildcat Canyon Falls, you can park at the Visitor's Center and take a 1.5-mile-long trail.
- Burden Falls has a 20-foot cascade over a sandstone cliff into a creek that then gradually descends another 80 feet. This Shawnee National Forest waterfall is one of the most popular in the southern part of the state and is surrounded by fascinating rock formations. It's definitely worth a visit!