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Fort Defiance Park, Cairo

2.6
#162 of 315 in Parks in Illinois
Park · Nature / Park
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  • The other reviews are accurate; the only features of this fascinating, historic spot are a pretty, sloping field of grass and trees, a slightly muddy road, and a concrete observation tower... 
    The other reviews are accurate; the only features of this fascinating, historic spot are a pretty, sloping field of grass and trees, a slightly muddy road, and a concrete observation tower...  more »
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  • Confluence of Father of the Waters and the Ohio made it worth the trip. Barges are tied up everywhere, lots of commerce and history here, bring binoculars and scan the area. There was a Blues festival setting up during our visit, musicians were tuning and food booths were cooking, sounded and smelled good! Despite obvious neglect of the park this is still a useful and fun space. As others have noted be careful in the summertime, I saw a huge hornet's nest on the observation deck, don't mess with those buggers. Visit, learn, enjoy.
  • As many other reviewers note, the park is past its prime. It’s still worth a stop, but be aware it isn’t in the best shape. It’s very cool to see the confluence of two of America’s biggest rivers culturally and geographically, which can be seen with the small platform at the tip of Illinois. There are several historical markers at the front car park/entrance, but the gates were not opened on time which made those camping inside to have to wait an hour just to drive out, and me to walk through the park, which wasn’t a big deal. Worth a stop either way, cheers.

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