Although the Prairie State isn’t known for having the tallest waterfalls in the country like California and Hawaii, it still has some impressive ones just the same. If you are looking for a scenic road trip, here is one leading to the tallest waterfall in Illinois. You’ll notice that there are several grouped together, from two that are close to each other up north within Starved Rock State Park and a few that are close together in the south around Shawnee National Forest. This waterfall road trip in Illinois can easily be split up into two days. You can use the interactive map and add any stops you would like to make along the way to these waterfalls in Illinois.

Are you ready for this waterfall road trip in Illinois? What are some of your favorite falls throughout the state? Please let us know in the comments. Be sure to check out one of the most underrated waterfalls in Illinois.

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The Natural Beauty Of Illinois

What are the most beautiful nature spots in Illinois?

The most beautiful nature spots in Illinois include:

  • Matthiessen State Park in North Utica. This park's layered stone formations and gorgeous waterfalls are a must-see.
  • Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. There are 6.5 miles of beautiful shoreline here and the 4,000-acre park has over 700 plant species.
  • Garden of the Gods in Herod. See prehistoric rock formations that formed over 300 million years ago and get an amazing valley view.
  • Giant City State Park in Makanda. There is a nature trail here that formed about 12,000 years ago and the swirling rock formations are otherworldly.

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What are the best natural attractions in Illinois?

The best natural attractions in Illinois include:

  • Mississippi Palisades State Park. This park sits where the Mississippi and Apple Rivers meet and has scenic hiking trails with stunning views.
  • Cave-In-Rock State Park. The caves here are a popular spot for people into local history and they often search for buried treasure that is rumored to be here.
  • Lowden-Miller State Forest. This 2,300-acre park has gorgeous bluffs and forests as well as a statue of Black Hawk.
  • Starved Rock State Park. This park is a local favorite and contains 13 miles of hiking trails through canyons and near waterfalls.

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What are the most scenic hiking trails in Illinois?

The most scenic hiking trails in Illinois include:

  • Castle Rock State Park. The trails here go through sandstone bluffs and dense forests and provide amazing views.
  • Ferne Clyffe State Park. There are 18 trails here that wind through intriguing rock formations and varied terrain.
  • Buffalo Rock State Park. There’s a fairly short 3.3-mile trail here with views of the Illinois river and you may get to see the two resident bison.
  • Cache River Natural Area. This swamp area spans 14,000 acres and has huge cypress trees coming out of the bog.

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