UPDATE: As of May 1st, the following areas are OPEN:
- Flush toilets and handwashing sinks are open in the CCC Shelter at South Entrance.
- Hiking is permitted throughout the site.
- Boat launch is open (weather permitting).
- Fishing is permitted throughout the site.
- 14 Pit Toilets are open.
The following areas are CLOSED:
- Park office is closed to the public, but office personnel are available to answer informational calls.
- All campgrounds are closed to camping but will be open for walking or biking.
- All shelters and playgrounds are closed.
- All shower houses are closed.
- No turkey hunting.
The Native American pathfinders along the rock palisades of the Mississippi River did as present-day hikers do -- in coursing the bluffs, they took the paths of least resistance. The trails at the Mississippi Palisades, especially the park’s southern routes, put you in touch with the past. Walk them and you’ll trace the footsteps of all those who came before you, some of whom came this way nearly a thousand years ago.
Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers in northwestern Illinois, the 2,500-acre Mississippi Palisades State Park is rich in Native American history.
You can find camping and trail maps in the Mississippi Palisades Park Brochure