The other day I did a post about the Illinois River Road from Alton up to the Pere Marquette State Park. That area is full of activities and beauty, but today I want to take you further north into a beautiful rural area where you can really get back to nature!
Once you get past the park, the road continues to hug the bluff while treating you to great views of the expansive river bottoms, teaming with fields and wildlife.
As the road joins with HWY 16 east of Jerseyville, it winds through the bottoms to Hardin.
There you cross the Illinois river on a quaint old draw bridge into Calhoon County, an area famous for it’s peaches in my neck of the woods! I got a kick too out of their high school.
It apparently had the same architect as the school that Grampa Tom graduated from 🙂
While there aren’t any waterslides, from there on your eyes will feast on breath taking eye candy like this.
If you get a chance, take the road! You won’t regret it 🙂
God Bless You All!
Yesterday, I had the awesome pleasure of taking the Illinois River Road from Alton half the way home. It’s a road worth taking!
The 15 mile stretch from Alton up to Grafton is just incredible! The four lane highway is tucked between the breath taking river and soaring bluffs.
There is also a bike/hiking path that follows the road that goes all the way to the Pere Marquette State Park a few miles north of Grafton.
Grafton is a quaint little tourist town that caters to those that flock to drink in the area’s beauty.
It is a fantastic place to take a family! I saw a water slide, a marina, horseback riding, a ferry, at least 4 winerys, condo’s, camping sites, bike rentals, museums, craft shops, flea markets and produce stands … I would absolutely love to go back there and explore it better someday.
At Grafton, the road narrows to two lane, but the scenery is every bit as beautiful!
The road hugs the bluff as it winds north. Expansive river bottoms treat you to flowers, crops and wildlife!
So if you are ever near St. Louis, be sure to check out this road! It goes on nearly to Pittsfield. If you want to get out into rural America the second part of the road is for you! But that’s for another post!
God Bless You All!