Apple River Canyon is a small state park in the northwest part of Illinois well suited for fishing and hiking. While the trails aren't very long, they can be interesting and challenging at times.
Our fist hike was up to a lookout point on Tower Rock, one of the rocky cliffs that line the Apple River.
At times steep, but always narrow, the path led to the top of the canyon wall, where a sweeping view of the river below came about. In summer, the leaves from the trees would obstruct most of the view, but in winter we were able to see most of the canyon below.
The morning light was mostly flat due to the overcast sky, but every so often, the sun would appear for a few moments, illuminating portions of the wooded trail. Toward the bottom of the Tower Rock cliff, large boulders lay in the flat areas next to the river, providing interesting areas to explore.
Posted by Tom Gill at Monday, March 06, 2017