|Distance||0.75 miles roundtrip|
|Terrain||A few hills|
|Best Seasons||Spring, Summer, Fall|
- Shaded hike through forest
- Mississippi River views
- Indian Head rock formation
Much like the nearby Sentinel Trail, this hike to the Indian Head allows you to escape the crowds on all the drive-up overlooks and enjoy some Mississippi River views in peace and solitude. From the end of the parking area, walk northwest. As evidenced by the overgrown trail pictured below, it's unlikely you'll see many others while on this hike. Along this quick forested jaunt, you'll probably have to hop over a few downed trees.Mississippi Palisades State Park! Let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to use #nocoastbestcoast on Twitter and Instagram!
Dogs are allowed on leash. This hike is very family-friendly with its short distance and beautiful views at the end. You can hike in the three warm seasons and possibly during the winter; some of the trails in the park are used for cross country skiing, but the park's website does not specify which trails nor if hiking is allowed on ski trails. Since this overlook requires a hike and you can't simply drive to it, you'll avoid most of the crowds found at the other viewpoints in the southern part of the park.
Mississippi Palisades State Park is about 3 hours from Chicago. Take Interstate 290 to Interstate 88 west. After about 60 miles, take the exit for Interstate 39/U.S. Highway 52 heading north. Take the exit for Illinois Highway 64, then turn left. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 52. Continue straight onto Illinois Highway 84, then turn right into the south park entrance. Turn right at the fork in the road ahead, then continue until the road ends at a one-way loop. Turn right into the larger parking lot at the beginning of this loop.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are no facilities near this lot, but restrooms are available near the south park entrance.