Living in Northern Illinois, I sometimes get a little bored with the flat landscape. Good thing there are a few places we can visit that have a little more topography. Here are five ideas for refreshing and recharging with slightly different topography than what is typical in Northern Illinois:
1. Starved Rock and Matthiesson State Parks: Both located in Utica, each park features canyons, cliffs, bluffs and waterfalls. The stunning environs invite wandering and contemplation.
2. Sagawau Canyon: Sagawau Canyon in Lemont treats visitors to unique rock formations. A particularly fragile environment, visitors have access to the canyon during scheduled tours spring through fall. Check website for more information.
3. Casper Bluff: In Galena, Casper Bluff provides amazing views of the Mississippi River up above. The hiking is not particularly difficult, but the vantage point of the river is spectacular.
|Darien's waterfall is perfect for a little serenity.|
5. Apple River Canyon State Park: Bluffs, rivers and canyons make this slice of Northwestern a fresh change of pace from prairies and farmland. A hike up the bluff provides a little challenge but rewards with tranquility.