Cave-in-the-Rock State Park
1 New State Park Rd, Cave-In-Rock, IL 62919
hike, outdoor-adventures, playground
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“Cave-in-the-Rock” State Park is an awesome cave at the edge of the Ohio River. It supposedly has a very old and storied past of robbers, etc. The cave is big and easy to approach (several flights of stairs down to the river and then you are there). Even little kids can manage as it’s not very far to the cave entrance. Go all the way inside even without a flashlight and there’s a “sunroof” of sorts that provides enough light at the back. Keep your eyes open for swallow nests on the exterior of the cave (they look like large dirtdobber nests).
After visiting the cave, we enjoyed one of the two playgrounds at the park. Both have a great slide/climbing area and swings. The lower one also has an old merry-go-round.