Illinois state parks welcome you
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[MARCH 12, 2005]
In spite of
howling winds, frequently frigid temps and feathery, flying flakes,
sunny days and warmer weather are on their way. And with that
promise you can start looking forward to a new season of outdoor
experiences in Illinois. Great memories are waiting to be created,
and your planning can begin today.
Illinois has a vast
quantity of natural resources waiting to be discovered or revisited.
Plan an adventure or continue a family tradition. The Department of
Natural Resources maintains acres of parks and recreational sites
that offer a wide diversity of settings and services. Whether you
are looking for a casual day excursion with easy walking paths or
lengthier and more challenging opportunities such as climbing
rigorous hills, you can find it. Spectacular scenery and refreshing
encounters with nature await you at any level of challenge or
accommodations are equally diverse, ranging from rustic tent camping
or RV'ing to the comfort and convenience of a lodge or cabins and
It's only about six
weeks and we'll be in frost-free nights and have 70 and 80 degree
days. So, even though fluffy white flakes are piling up on the
windowsill, it is time to consider how you will spend your time
outdoors this coming season. Take a look at what Illinois offers and
make it a fun year.
more detailed information about Illinois parks and regulations.
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Miscellaneous park facts
Department of Natural Resources manages over 300 state parks and
40 million people
visit Illinois state parks annually.
Admission to Illinois
state parks is free.
recreational sites fill 400,000 acres of Illinois.
There are 2,000 miles
of groomed trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding.
There are 300 miles
of paved trails.
Illinois parks offer
a variety of options, including hiking, fishing, swimming,
nature-viewing, organized programs with nature interpreters,
boating, hunting, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding and
Illinois Department of Natural
Illinois Department of
Natural Resources link