Favorite Midwest Parks for Fall Color
Illinois: Pere Marquette State Park
Roads and trails weave through this bluff-top park north of Grafton overlooking the Illinois River near its meeting of the Mississippi. The renovated Civilian Conservation Corps-built lodge, with fried chicken dinners and a massive lobby fireplace, is an area fall-drive destination. At 8,050 acres, Pere Marquette is Illinois' largest state park and offers 12 miles of hiking trails, as well as horseback riding and camping. Bird-watching is popular during fall migration season.