It would be very wrong of me to post about beautiful roads to take and not tell you about the River Road between Hamilton and Nauvoo!
As you go north out of Hamilton on your right will be one of my favorite parks as a teen. Wild Cat Springs. If you follow the creek back a ways there’s a deep pool of water that my friends and I used to swim in.
And on the left there is a public boat harbor. It wasn’t too awfully busy when I took this shot, but during the summer it can be quite busy.
As soon as you get past the S curves, the breath taking expanse of Mississippi spreads out in front of you. Be careful! There are often people driving really slow along this road. I understand 🙂 I can drive 55 along this stretch of road, but I’m used to it. I imagine seeing this for the first time in person is like seeing the Grand Canyon. I had seen lots of pictures of it before, but when I stepped up to the edge when we were out there a few years ago, it just took my breath away.
If you should happen to find yourself to be among those who find it difficult to drive, don’t worry! There are plenty of little roadside parks where you can pull over and drink it all in 🙂
I love this bluff, don’t you? There is a place to pull in there. People often launch their boats there or fish in the creek.
By the way, THIS is what we call a creek!
The Mississippi is nearly a mile wide here, but on a calm day you can actually talk with people on the other side without a phone! I’ve done it!
As you near Nauvoo, there’s a little park on the east side called “David’s Chambers”. You have to stop there! It is so gorgeous! We used to call it “Lover’s Glenn” before the state came along and renamed it. You will understand why. It’s probably the most romantic setting I’ve ever been in!
Just after David’s Chambers you will notice lots of swampy islands. When I was a kid, there was no land out there, but today it is a beautiful wetland where you will see herons, pelicans, turtles, ducks and geese. Watch out for the geese! They like to feed on the river bank and are often in the road 🙂
Once in Nauvoo, the state park will be on your right and the Mormon living history area will be on your right. You can camp there or get a hotel room if you go on up the hill. In any case, if you go there, tell them Grama Sue sent you!
God Bless You All!