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.
My wife and I come here for a trail race each December. This is our 4th stay in the lodge. This place is all about the location overlooking the river and miles of great hiking trails. 3 stars for the restaurant and lodge rooms. 5 stars for the park, trails, and the Grand Room in the lodge. With a huge fireplace, exposed beam construction and views of the river, the Grand Room in the Lodge is a wonderful place to relax with a glass of wine in the evening or cup of coffee in the morning. The rooms are aging, but they are clean and comfortable. The restaurant serves decent fare. The staff are very friendly, but overall, the service is pretty mediocre. There are other dining options but all require a drive to Grafton. The reservation staff seem to totally ignore room requests. I booked in August for a stay in December. Requested a room on the river side. Got the only room in the wing on the back side, no view. 2 years in a row.
This is a nice place to spend a weekend with family. There are lodges with ample rooms. You can enjoy mountains to shores, I mean there's a hill side as well as river shore. Decent and scenic place. Remember once you are on the scenic drive there are no public restrooms.
It's a great peaceful place to go and relax while looking at the beautiful scenery. Great foe adventures or a work out. It's great for the whole family or even of need some alone time. It's free unless you decide to go camping there
Pere Marquette State Park is one the best places to visit for fall colors in Missouri. I have been here twice and the place didn't disappoint. Pere Marquette Lodge at the foot of the hill is also a nice place.
Pere Marquette State Park is a gorgeous place that I've enjoyed many a scenic hike and serene moment. The drive from St. Louis along the bluffs and the Mississippi is absolutely beautiful--among some of the most beautiful views in the area. During the wintertime enjoy watching majestic eagles soaring along the bluffs. During the fall take in the wonders of sunlight glistening through the bright red, orange and yellow leaves. Year round Pere Marquette offers incredible views of Illinois and Missouri from up high. The trails are really enjoyable for hiking and are well-kept. This is a great place for a photo shoot, a hike and a picnic. It's even just a good place to experience a lovely drive during the golden hour. I suggest Philip Glass' "Mad Rush" as a soundtrack to match the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees as your car traces the curving road through the park.