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“Very interesting park!”

Cave-in-Rock State Park
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Very pitcturesque area along the shores of the Ohio River. Great picnic areas and hiking. The highlight is the cave in the limestone bluff. Very historical with dates on the ceiling from the 1800's. Would be great to visit during summer when the foliage was green.

1  Thank cclakeman
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Cave-In-Rock State Park covers 240 acres outside the town of Cave-In-Rock in Hardin County in southern Illinois. It sits atop the high bluffs overlooking the scenic Ohio River. The heavily wooded park is named for the 55-foot-wide cave that was carved out of the limestone rock by water thousands of years ago. In addition to the natural splendor of the cave, the park contains hiking trails for exploration and appreciation of tranquil forests and inspiring views of the river, the ferry crossing to and from Kentucky and the barges navigating the river. There are three playgrounds for children and shaded picnic areas situated throughout the park. A pond is available for fishing the the Ohio River, which can be accessed by two boat ramps, provides excellent fishing, boating and water sport opportunities. On the scenic north side of the park are camping accommodations. If you're not in a camping mood, the Cave-In-Rock Restaurant and Lodge features southern-style cooking and guest houses. But the cave is the most popular attraction. A landmark on the river, it is maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It is not a cavern like Mammoth Cave in nearby Kentucky. Its 55-foot-wide tunnel leads a long distance into the bluff. It was known to be used for thousands of years by the Native Americans, than was mapped and named in 1729 by the French explorer M. de Lery. At one time, the cave was a hideout for a notorious gang of bandits that preyed upon the river commerce. Frank and Jesse James also hid out in the cave, according to local lore. Later in the 19th century, Cave-In-Rock was tamed by settlers who built the river town of Cave-In-Rock, which survives to this day. Cave-In-Rock's principal feature is a striking 55-foot-wide riverside cave formed by wind and water erosion and cataclysmic effects of the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquake. With the inauguration of steamboat traffic on the Ohio river in the 1810s, travelers bought tickets to steam up and down the river and Cave-In-Rock has been a recognized landmark of river tourism ever since.

3  Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

If you haven't been there you need to make the trip. The cave itself it is amazing I have never seen anything like it. And my husband told me stories about the cave back in the day that sounded neat. You would have to google that stuff but really interesting.

2  Thank Pat R
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

A historic area with a great view of the river. Great spot to view the ferry crossing to/from Kentucky and the barges traveling the river.

2  Thank Teresa B
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Take a flash light and head into the cave, but watch your step! Walk all the way back, and off to a small side room, exploring and searching for names from the 19th century. ignore the modern ones. Once out, walk the trails or have a picnic.

3  Thank Babu2773
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