ROAD TRIP! Looking to get the family out of the house and on the road? With gas prices climbing, you may want to stay a bit closer to home this summer–look no further than your own backyard. Check out these great Illinois parks.

 

1. Starved Rock State Park

Location: Utica

Starved Rock State Park Utica Illinois

 

2. Shawnee National Forest

Location: Harrisburg

Shawnee National Forest  Harrisburg Illinois

 

3. Cache River State Natural Area

Location: Belknap

Cache River Wetlands Center

 

4. The Morton Arboretum

Location: Lisle

The Morton Arboretum Lisle Illinois

 

5. Matthiessen State Park

Location: Utica

Matthiessen State Park Utica Illinois

6. Lake Katherine Trail

Location: Palos Heights

Lake Katherine Trail Palos Heights Illinois

 

7. Cave-in-Rock State Park

Location: Cave-in-Rock

Cave-in-Rock State Park  Cave-in-Rock Illinois

8. Busse Woods

Location: Elk Grove Village

Busse Woods Elk Grove Illinois

 

9. Apple River Canyon State Park

Location: Apple River

Apple River Canyon State Park  Apple River Illinois

 

10. Castle Rock State Park

Location: Oregon

Castle Rock State Park Oregon Illinois

 

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