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.
Beautiful spot! We camped for the weekend in early April and enjoyed the quiet park and the canyon. The campground was clean, with a fire pit and picnic table at each campsite, and the vault toilet was clean and was sanitized every day we were there. (And had toilet paper.) Firewood was available for purchase at a stop just outside the state park, if you're coming from a different part of the state like we did. Staff were really friendly -- Dave even offered to help us move our tent and gear when we decided to swap campsites after the first night.
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.