Autumn has officially arrived in Illinois! From hiking under brightly colored forest canopy to getting lost in a winding corn maze, the new season offers plenty of new ways to experience the great outdoors. Check out these five ways to experience the great outdoors in Illinois’ Great Rivers Country this fall!
Drive the Great River Road—Fulton
There are few views more spectacular than the Great River Road’s bluffs in autumn. This scenic drive follows the mighty Mississippi River as it curves along the western edge of Illinois and meanders for more than 550 miles through charming small towns and woodland along the way. It’s the perfect fall road trip!
Brightly colored trees line the Great River Road in fall. (Photo courtesy of @VisitAlton on Instagram)
Bike the Grand Illinois Trail—Atkinson
Outdoor adventurers will love biking under stunning forest canopy along the Grand Illinois Trail this fall. The trail boasts 535 miles of tree lined pathways stretching from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, then looping back along the Illinois River and Hennepin Canal. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the great outdoors during its most magnificent season.
Cruise downriver with the Spirit of Peoria—Peoria
Take in the crisp autumn air while cruising on the Spirit of Peoria, an old-fashioned replica of a 19th-century riverboat, which docks at the Peoria RiverFront. Visitors will be entertained by live ragtime piano and banjo music while gazing at the colorful leaves lining the Illinois River.
Outdoor adventurers will love this cruise down the Illinois River. (Photo by Instagramer @murraystate21)
Hike Pere Marquette State Park—Grafton
At 8,000 acres, Pere Marquette State Park is the largest state park in Illinois, making it one of the most magnificent displays of fall colors in the state. Grafton visitors will love guided fall tours that overlook the convergence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.
Instagramer @jarzuagas loved hiking through this leafy forest.
Explore the Great Godfrey Maze—Godfrey
What better way to explore the great outdoors than adventuring through a seven-acre corn maze? The Great Godfrey Maze features two separate mazes, allowing family and friends to race against one another. Godfrey Maze visitors can also cruise the farm by train, and even zip line through this vast outdoor playground!
Exploring the Great Godfrey Maze is the perfect way to spend an autumn afternoon.
For more Illinois trip ideas to celebrate the beauty of fall, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.
–Illinois Office of Tourism