Right over the border in Illinois, Apple River Canyon State Park is a beautiful valley hidden in some otherwise dull landscape. The Apple River flows through the middle of the park and is bordered by picturesque stone bluffs. The hiking trails are mostly up and on these bluffs, but there are also large open grassy swathes along the water. A nice place for a short hike or a picnic.

Apple River Canyon State Park
8763 E. Canyon Road
Apple River IL 61001