Illinois Beach State Park

Illinois Beach State Park

Someone's rock collections on the beach
Someone’s rock collections on the beach

Just an hour or so north of Chicago, near the Wisconsin border,  Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach – State Park offers swimming/hiking/camping/picnicking!  I went one hot afternoon in late August and found the beach a little rocky, but beautiful.  There are also trails into the wetlands that offer up prime examples of the swampy marshes that used to cover the entire Lake Michigan area.

Feather in the sand.
Feather in the sand.

The sand is beautiful, the waves soothing, and the water pleasantly cool.  I’d suggest to take along some shoes or toughen up your feet for wadding.

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I found the nature trail very enjoyable.  It brings you down around a river where turtles sunbathe.

I startled a group of turtles on this rock.  Note, when turtles are scared, they move quickly.
I startled a group of turtles on this rock. Note, when turtles are scared, they move quickly.

So many surprising wildflowers and gold finches everywhere.

Chicory
Chicory
Queen Anne's lace
Queen Anne’s lace
Wild onion
Wild onion
Prickly pear.  This was a surprise for me.  I thought they were only in South Texas.
Prickly pear. This was a surprise for me. I thought they were only in South Texas.

Monarch on Liatris
Monarch on Liatris

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Worth an afternoon visit, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

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