Apple River Canyon State Park
Apple River Canyon State Park is in the hilly northwest corner of Illinois in Jo Daviess County near the Wisconsin border. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area. Once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to the Rockies, the scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of the Apple River.
A pretty little state park preserved in the midst of thousands of acres of farmland dotted with big red barns and silos. Nice short hiking trails. The picturesque Apple River winding through the canyon is supposed to have good fishing. The park is 30 minutes from 19th century Galena. A great day trip from Chicago. Memorable for me because I saw a magnificent American bald eagle in the wild!
The park is small, but the campsites are spread out and under a stand of pines that was planted in the 50s. It's a great place to spend one night and hike around a little.
Beautiful place, we had an awesome family weekend here. And you can bring your pups!
Lovely state park. It would be nice if the trails were a bit better defined with more signage but that's a minor problem.
This is as close to real Davy Crockett camping that you will get close to