There are very few things which are as awe-inspiring or as intriguing as a cave. They seem daunting, and their dark recesses conjure feelings of fear and adventure, as well as images of intrigue. Cave-In-Rock in the state of Illinois is one of the few unique places where you can let out the Indiana Jones in you and bring your four-legged best friend along too.
This state park sits atop the high bluffs overlooking the picturesque Ohio River. It got its name from the 55-foot-wide cave that was carved out of the limestone rock thousands of years ago. The cave has a colorful and long history. French explorer M. de Lery initially discovered it, and it was eventually used as a hideout of pirates and criminals later on.
It became a den for robbery, gambling, and other illegal activities but the law finally drove out the dangerous tenants, and the cave became safe for the public once again. It was frequently used as shelter by Western explorers and is now one of the must-go-to places when in Illinois. The state park now boasts of hiking, boating, and observation of the extraordinary wildlife.
Numerous camping sites can be rented from $10 a night, each equipped with grill and firewood so that you can get into the explorer spirit. There are two main hiking trails where you can take Spike for a walk, as long as he is on a leash, and perhaps an encounter of various animals such as opossum, raccoon, or deer.
You can even spot the rare Bald Eagle in the skies if you are vigilant enough. The lodge in the premises features four duplex guest houses with eight suites. The rooms can easily fit up to four people. The amenities include a dining area, a private patio deck with a view of the Ohio River, a wet bar and a large bedroom/living room.