Known as Pere, the French word for "Father," missionary Jacques Marquette explored this area with Louis Jolliet in 1673 upon reaching the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Pere Marquette State Park, northwest of St. Louis, near the Illinois community of Grafton, encompasses 8,000 acres of exceptional beauty. The park is a great location for a bald eagle siting during the winter. Pere Marquette State Park offers many year round activities including horseback riding, hiking, hunting, fishing, picnicking, camping and boating. The park is home to 230 species of birds so it is a birdwatcher's paradise. The fishing variety is also excellent with the opportunity to catch bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie, drum, largemouth bass and white bass.
This park offers 12 miles of trails that are excellent for all levels of experience. The trails will take you through thick forests, towering bluffs, wildlife sightings and more. Eagle tours are also offered during the winter.
There are 20 miles or horseback riding trails.
Trail length: 12 miles
Posted by TrailAPI on January 3, 2013
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Reviewed by sstollhaus on July 7, 2013
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Very nice trail system. This is one of the places I went we I was just getting back into hiking. Great views and trails for every level
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