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Old 12-05-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Another thread on the IL boards got me thinking about doing something like this. Ive come up with some areas in IL that I would recommend visiting. Whether youre into hiking, fishing, photography, etc, etc, these places will have something for everyone. Please feel free to add your own places, and please post links and pictures so that we all can get an idea of the area, see if its somewhere we'd be interested in visiting. As time allows, Ill add more places and links. Hopefully this thread will get some people some ideas for weekend getaways and/or help people who are new to the area.

Volo Bog Natural Area
http://jackgrahamphoto.com/images/ar...7_image001.jpg (broken link)

Garden of the Gods State Park
http://illinois.sierraclub.org/conse...Camel-rock.jpg (broken link)

http://www.enjoyillinois.com/topspot...NOFTHEGODS.jpg (broken link)

http://raymondwiggers.homestead.com/...aileylsmed.jpg (broken link)

Starved Rock SP
http://www.scenicus.com/IL/p/il_st.jpg (broken link)

http://www.indyhike.org/images/starvedrock/sr2.jpg

Apple River Canyon SP
http://www.kishwild.com/illinois/jod...canyon/AC2.jpg (broken link)

Google Image Result for http://raymondwiggers.homestead.com/...7_22medium.jpg

Blackwell FP
Google Image Result for http://raymondwiggers.homestead.com/...7_22medium.jpg

Castle Rock SP
Google Image Result for http://raymondwiggers.homestead.com/...7_22medium.jpg

Dixon Springs SP
http://raymondwiggers.homestead.com/..._2_2medium.jpg (broken link)

Glacial Park
http://raymondwiggers.homestead.com/...5_29medium.jpg (broken link)

Matthiessen SP
http://raymondwiggers.homestead.com/...lionbedmed.jpg (broken link)

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
http://www.dupageforest.com/images/waterfallglen.jpg (broken link)

Spears Woods FP
Mike MacDonald Photography - Complete Art Card Collection

Winfield Mounds FP

Warrenville Grove FP
http://content.answers.com/main/cont...villegrove.jpg (broken link)

Nachusa Grasslands Natural Area
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prair...os/nachusa.jpg (broken link)

Kankakee Sands Nature Conservancy
http://www.in.gov/dnr/public/janfeb0...s/tickseed.jpg
http://www.nature.org/wherewework/no.../kank_hike.jpg (broken link)
http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/c2000/as...ges/page11.jpg (broken link)

Revis Hill prairie
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prairiephotos/revis.jpg

Illinois Beach SP
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prair...s/illbeach.jpg (broken link)

Braidwood Dunes FP
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prair.../braidwood.jpg (broken link)

Hanover Bluff Hill prairie preserve:
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prair...overBluff1.jpg (broken link)

Fulton, IL sand prairie area:
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prair...overBluff1.jpg (broken link)
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:28 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Chillicothe bluffs:
http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/c2000/assessments/Illinois_river_bluff/pics/page6.jpg (broken link)

http://www.riverbills.com/pic_of_the...ffs_sunset.JPG

Grafton area:
http://www.sogonow.com/static/FCKedi...ssisunseth.jpg

Little Grand Canyon area in southern IL (pine hills area):
http://www.plantbiology.siu.edu/images/LGC.Bluff.jpg

http://www.plantbiology.siu.edu/images/Tower.Rock.jpg

http://www.plantbiology.siu.edu/images/Liesegang.jpg

Heron Pond with swamp and cypress trees:
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/Photos/Heron.jpg

LaRue/Pine Hills area:
http://www.fieldherpforum.com/PictureOfTheWeek/ScottAlbertSnakeRd.jpg (broken link)

http://www.plantbiology.siu.edu/images/Sunset.jpg

http://www.life.uiuc.edu/suarez/tillberg/images/SOILL002.jpg (broken link)

http://users.midwestmail.com/nightlife/cdalerocks/treasures/03zLaRueB.jpg (broken link)



Winter near Carbondale:
http://www.plantbiology.siu.edu/images/IcePond2.jpg

Mississippi Palisades SP:
http://geologyonline.museum.state.il...ages/river.jpg

Galena, IL area:
http://www.amandasdemosite.com/sites/updates/17058/tn/1084941.jpg (broken link)

http://www.galena.org/templates/temp...from_Park2.jpg

http://www.elizabeth-il.com/Images/chestnut.jpg

Cahokia Indian Mounds:
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/phot...kiaMounds2.jpg

Chain O' Lakes SP:
http://www.raymondwiggers.com/06-0862med.jpg

Buffalo Rock SP:
http://www.iit.edu/~travel/buspid.jpg (broken link)

http://www.fermatainc.com/il/photos/1121099611.jpg (broken link)

Cave-in-Rock SP:
http://www.discoversil.com/images/content/CAVE%20IN%20ROCK.jpg (broken link)
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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My favorite is Mississippi Palisades. Great campground, and a terrific view in both directions of the Mississippi from Lookout Point. Crossing the bridge in Savanna, the Iowa side has a lot of nature preserves as well. On either side of the river the drive to Dubuque is scenic with several historical places on the way.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Great place indeed!
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