Pere Marquette State Park
Pere Marquette State Park is a nature lover's paradise. In addition to enjoying the spectacular views of the Illinois River and its backwaters from several points atop the bluffs, visitors can take advantage of a variety of year-round recreational opportunities, including horseback riding, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and boating.
Great trail running close to St. Louis. 7 miles if you go with the the outside loop with a variety of woods and field to run through and 1300 feet in elevation gain. Several excellent vantage points of the Illinois River and St. Louis way in the distance. The visitors center had an informative natural history museum, park ranger and clean bathrooms.
We hike here in the Fall for family hikes. Trails are natural... some can be challenging. ie goat trail. Beautiful lookouts
Awesome trails with a really cool lodge! Family style fried chicken is a great option for a big meal at the restaurant!
Only stopped at the lodge where there was a live band playing. We originally where we going to stop in for a moment, but we stayed for an hour. We listen to the live band are we played a large version of Connect Four and on a large checkerboard. There is also a giant life-size chessboard and pieces butt when we were there there was always a line for it. We also found out there was a mini Winery within the lodge. Good options from dry reds to sweet dessert wines. I recommend the Norton if you like reds.
Awesome place for camping, hiking and taking the family. Get back to nature and enjoy the beautiful scenery.