Mississippi Palisades State Park


This 2,500-acre park, 3 miles north of Savanna at the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers, features erosion-carved cliffs, or palisades, and two noteworthy rock formations: Indian Head and Twin Sisters. Its 13 miles of trails weave along some paths once used by Native Americans.

Stands of white birch and other deciduous trees provide autumnal color; in warmer months, look for fiddlehead ferns among brilliant lobelia, bluebell, and yellow ladies’ slipper blooms. Winter sees eagles feeding at the confluence. The park has 241 first-come-first-served tent or RV sites (110 with electrical hookups) in both shaded and open areas. Hot-water showers, flush toilets, and a concession building are open May–October.


16327A IL Rte. 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074


42.14837800, -90.17429300
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(815) 273-2731

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