Thursday, May 29, 2014

Delabar State Park

May 24, 2014
On Saturday morning I drove across Illinois to the river side town of Oquawka. Just north of town lies a small state park that is designed for families to camp. I mistakenly read on the DNT website that the park was 189 acres, but it is only 89 acres. The land for the park was donated by the Delabar brothers in 1959 and the park officially opened in 1960.

The park is about a mile long, has three picnic areas, a big playground and a campground that can take trailers. There is a handicap campsite also. There is a cabin of some sort in the park. I do not know if it is for rent or is privately owned, or just what it is...

I was able to hike about 2.5 miles by going from one end of the park to the other and back again. There is one trail that runs the length of the park along the eastern side.

The geology of the area is exactly what one may expect on a riverbank, sand and gravel. The trail is very comfortable to walk on as it is compacted sandy soil. Bring a book to identify plant and animal species and take the kids on a nature hike.

Here is a short video...

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