Northwest of Chicago and Savana, the 2,500 acre Mississippi Palisades State Park is a regional favorite for its hiking trails through wooded ravines and past steep cliffs. Its best known for its rugged 13 mile trail system and for its rock climbing. The five trails in the northern part of the park are generally wider and less strenuous than the five in the south, which are narrow and extremely close to the bluff. The southern trails also are very hazardous when wet.
The North System includes High Point Trail at 3.5 miles and Aspen at 1.9 miles. Sentinel Trail, at 1.2 miles including spurs, is the South System's longest hike, but it and other southern loops aren’t for the tenderfoot. Ozzie’s Point, Louis’ Point and Lookout Point, four developed overlooks accessible by short walks, offer a surfaced trail leading to an overlook.
To reach the park from Chicago, head west on US90. Exit at US20 (Galena/Freeport) and head west on US20. At SR84, turn south for 18 miles to the park entrance.