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Cave-In-Rock State Park

Po Box 338, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois 62919 USA

Open Now
Tue 6a-10p
  • Pet Friendly

“overlooking the scenic Ohio River”

Few natural formations are as awe-inspiring or intriguing as a cave. The deep, dark recesses immediately conjure up images of adventure, mystery, terror, robbers and pirates. At Cave-In-Rock in southern Illinois, you can experience this fascination for yourself. Sitting atop the high bluffs overlooking the scenic Ohio River, the heavily wooded park is named for the 55-foot-wide cave that was carved out of the limestone rock by water thousands of years ago. Trails winding along the riverbank offer river scenes including riverboats and barges. The history of this imposing natural phenomenon is filled with colorful and provocative tales. Yet the wild stories connected to this geological wonder lack verifiable, historical documentation. Nonetheless, popular local lore surrounding Cave-in-Rock's pioneer days still includes fanciful tales of river piracy and ambush attacks upon early, unsuspecting Ohio River travelers. The fact is, piracy and other crimes attributed to Cave-in-Rock outlaws were, indeed, known to occur on both the Ohio and Mississippi rivers between the late 18th and early 19th centuries. But there is no historical evidence Cave-in-Rock ever actually sheltered criminals beyond what might be considered brief stopovers. One of the most ambitious of these ruthless malefactors was Samuel Mason. Once an officer in George Washington’s Revolutionary Army, Mason was known to dispatch his cohorts out onto the river to befriend unwary and bewildered travelers with offers of help and guidance. As part of the ruse, these henchmen would disable victim's boats or force them ashore, where the hapless pilgrims would be robbed, or worse. Victims did not always live to tell their story.

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Reviewed by
dplindow

  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 12, 2014

Nice tent camping and clean showers, fantastic views of Ohio river and bluffs. Short walk to the cave is worth it, for an interesting change, but not the coolest cave I've seen. Cave in rock town has a nice ferry to Kentucky that is open 6:30-930. While you're there check out the garden of the gods

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Reviewed by
KarenNull

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 09, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great quick stop along the way! The kids loved it. Watch for bicycles and ride the free ferry!

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KarenNull

  • 6 Reviews
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August 08, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great quick, along the way, get out and stretch stop! The kids loved it. Watch for bicycles, lol, and ride the free ferry across the river.

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KarenNull

  • 6 Reviews
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August 08, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great quick, along the way, get out and stretch stop! The kids loved it. Watch for bicycles, lol, and ride the free ferry across the river.

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KarenNull

  • 6 Reviews
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August 08, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great quick, along the way, get out and stretch stop! The kids loved it. Watch for bicycles, lol, and ride the free ferry across the river.

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Reviewed by
thecompgal

  • 13 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 11, 2016
Rated 4.0

Take the ferry from Ky to cave in Rick for the best trip

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Reviewed by
addieagray

  • 4 Reviews
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March 23, 2016
Rated 3.0

Definitely not a place I'd spend more than an hour at, but it was a nice stop off on our way down to Kentucky. The cave was pretty cool, but lots of graffiti on the walls. Great views of the Ohio river and a nice little beach to walk along.

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Cave-In-Rock State Park

Po Box 338
Cave-In-Rock, Illinois
62919 USA

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Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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