Cave-in-Rock State Park, Cave in Rock

4.3
#9 of 78 in Nature in Illinois
Cave-In-Rock State Park is an Illinois state park, on 240 acres, in the town of Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois in the United States. The state park contains the historic Cave-In-Rock, a landmark of the Ohio River. It is maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).GeologyCave-in-Rock's primary feature is a striking 55ft-wide riverside cave formed by wind and water erosion and cataclysmic effects of the 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes at Cave-in-Rock State Park, just upriver from the village. The Cave-in-Rock was worn into the limestone bluffs of the Ohio River by floods, especially during the meltoff following the Wisconsin ice age. It is not a karstland cavern like Mammoth Cave in nearby Kentucky; it is an obvious, 55ft tunnel leading a long distance into the bluff.History.Cave-in-Rock was known and used for thousands of years by the Native Americans. The first European to discover the Cave was M. de Lery of France, who in 1729 mapped and named it "caverne dans Le Roc" (cf. supra). This name, translated directly into English, is the name the cave bears to this day. Other names for the cave include Rock-In-Cave, Rocking Cave, Rock-and-Cave, House of Nature, The Cave, Big Cave, and Murrell's Cave. The cave has been the main feature of Illinois' Cave-in-Rock State Park since 1929.
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  • We stopped off to see the cave on our way home from a day at Garden of the Gods. It was well worth the stop. An amazing place. We didn’t venture back into the cave as far as you could go because it wa...  more »
  • My aunt and went here and loved it. It was a bit muddy and slippery. Loved the view. Didn’t get to go on all the way it was too slippery.  more »
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  • It was stunning definitely worth going again . Wear good shoes . It can be very slippery
  • Lots of history here. If your close to cave in rock stop and check it out. The kids will love it

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