|Apple River Canyon State Park|
As we were crossing some of the flatter land along the way, I almost thought we were headed in the wrong direction. The road takes a very abrupt drop into the densely wooded canyon and it was hard to tell we were still in Illinois. At the bottom, three rivers converge and form a nice pool where the fishing is excellent. A few families were there picnicking as well. It was a perfect lunch spot for us too.
|Along the banks of the Apple River|
River Route brought us to the view in the first picture. In the early summer after some torrential rains, the river was running quite high but the sounds were soothing. On a hot, humid day such as this, we appreciated the shady and comfortable temperatures of the canyon's bottom.
|The pool where most people like to fish|
|Another nice walk along the river bank|
I've always been interested in finding the "Grand Canyon" of every state. I would call this the grand canyon of Illinois but somebody already gave that name to another canyon in southern Illinois in the infamous Shawnee Hills. Well, I suppose this could be the grand canyon of Northern Illinois. It was well worth the visit while we toured the Galena area.
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