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Cave in Rock

Cave-in-Rock State Park

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Peaceful Retreat

The state park isn't very big, but it is kept up well. It is a nice place to spend a night or two... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2019
Odin, Illinois
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Don't miss the Pirate Cave "FREE"

Go online and read a little history...this cave was used by river pirates to ambush unsuspecting... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2019
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1 New State Park Rd., Cave in Rock, IL 62919
+1 618-289-4325
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Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

The state park isn't very big, but it is kept up well. It is a nice place to spend a night or two. The cave is interesting. It goes back into the bluff of the river about 200 feet. If you are into fishing in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

We were camping in southern Indiana and coupled this with a trip to the Garden of the Gods State Park. Cave in roc is really neat to see the marvels of nature. Worth taking a look lots if steps to get down alongside the river....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2019

Go online and read a little history...this cave was used by river pirates to ambush unsuspecting river travelers. Looking out the entrance you can see why this cave could be used as a hidden threat to travelers. Parking hint, don't use parking lot below, follow...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 14, 2019

My driver was a walking book of the area, he took me here as part of The Amish Community visit; that is a must to do

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank punkyphil57
Reviewed August 4, 2019 via mobile

Cave in Rock is a pretty park. The draw of course is the cave, which is worth the ferry ride (if you are coming from KY), short drive, and short walk. The walk is along picturesque rock formations and river views. We saw many barges...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Becky H
Reviewed June 28, 2019 via mobile

Ohio river is Too flooded and the cave is under water. Nothing to see currently, but the free ferry was cool.

Date of experience: June 2019
3  Thank wasemalyssa
Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

We stopped off to see the cave on our way home from a day at Garden of the Gods. It was well worth the stop. An amazing place. We didn’t venture back into the cave as far as you could go because it was quite...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

My aunt and went here and loved it. It was a bit muddy and slippery. Loved the view. Didn’t get to go on all the way it was too slippery.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank pennyb259
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

On a gray, rainy day we made our way down the (many) steps to this interesting spot. Beautiful views of the cave and river from the beach. Path was a bit muddy and you definitely need to use caution in parts, but our kids (8u)...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TrevorS887
Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

This place and the surrounding area is wonderful. My daughter & I spent Thursday-Sunday and had a good time. It is little town southern Illinois, drunks, meth heads & gambling. There are lots of very good people too. The A-frame rented by the state was...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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October 16, 2019|
Response from Becky H | Reviewed this property |
The cave is in a state park. There is a scenic drive along the river. You can take the short ferry ride across the river to the KY side. There is a nice drive through the Land Between the Lakes. There's a lot to see in that... More
July 26, 2018|
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Response from kedalion1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes its a pretty easy walk along a quiet road. I suspect its a little less than a mile but there are 10 online programs that can tell you that to the inch
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August 7, 2017|
Response from robynw2017 |
Yes, but don’t—dangerous. The Ohio River can have very fast current, big trees floating, and heavy barge traffic.