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Four Wheel Driving in The Cliffs Off Road Park, Marseilles, Illinois USA

Climate type:
Forest
Levels:
All
Opening schedule:
Yes
Fee:
Yes
Marseilles is a city situated in LaSalle County, Illinois, USA. The city lies at the head of rapids along the Illinois River, which are historically known as the Rapids of Maninumba or The Grand Rapids.

In Marseilles, near Chicago lies one awesome off road park, The Cliffs Off Road Park, where you can enjoy Four Wheel Driving in a way that you can’t even imagine…

This amazing park is full of mud bogs, open fields, deep water puddles, creek crossings, narrow jeep trails and rock crawling sections that along with a beautiful forest scenery make this off road park ideal for four wheel driving.

The terrain lies at an elevation of 500 to 650 ft/152.4 to 182.8 m and contains mostly loose dirt and trees and some hard pack, mud, dust, rocks, steep hills, water crossings, small jumps and intersections. As it is an extremely popular park, you might meet rider traffic, so please be cautious.

The terrain is mostly suitable for amateurs, but all levels of four wheel drivers can have fun on corresponding trails. It is suggested to call before you come, as there is an opening schedule. Rules are kind of strict, so spare a moment and read them on the website. Bare in mind that there is a noise limit of 96 db and the vehicles must have whip flags of 60 in/152.4 cm.

Also a spark arresting silencer or an end cap are required. Camping is not permitted, but you can stay in close by hotels and camps. It is a park intended for insane drivers, so if you belong in this category, go ahead!!!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Springfield
144 miles/231.8 km, 2 hours 19 minutes
Head east on E Myrtle St toward S 5th St. Turn right onto S 5th St. Continue onto I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S/S 6th St. Continue to follow I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S. Take the exit onto I-72 E toward I-55 N/Decatur/Chicago. Continue onto I-55 N. Take exit 201 for IL-23 toward Pontiac/Streator. Turn left onto IL-23 N/N 1500 E Rd. Turn right onto IL-170 N/N 1500 E Rd. Continue to follow IL-170 N. Turn left onto US-6 W/Grand Army Hwy/W Jackson St. Continue to follow US-6 W/Grand Army Hwy. Destination will be on the right.
BY CAR FROM Lawrenceville
227 miles/364 km, 4 hours 17 minutes
Head west on State St toward 11th St. Turn right onto IL-1 N/15th St. Continue to follow IL-1 N. Turn left onto IL-133 W/W Jasper St. Continue to follow IL-133 W. Turn right to merge onto I-57 N. Take exit 237B for I-74 W toward Peoria. Merge onto I-74. Take exit 172 for IL-47 toward Gibson City/Mahomet. Turn right onto IL-47 N/County Rd 350 E. Continue to follow IL-47 N. Turn left onto IL-47 N/IL-54 W/IL-9 W/W 1st St. Take the 2nd right onto IL-47 N/IL-9 W. Continue to follow IL-47 N. Turn left onto North St. Continue onto Co Rd 9/Co Rd 3000 S/W Grand Ridge Rd. Continue onto N 21st Rd. Turn right onto IL-170 N/E 29th Rd. Turn left onto US-6 W/Grand Army Hwy/W Jackson St. Continue to follow US-6 W/Grand Army Hwy. Destination will be on the right.
BY AIR
Chicago O'Hare International Airport,
74.9 miles/120.5 km
BY TRAIN

If you wish to travel by train, Amtrak has stations almost in the entire Illinois. Take a train from anywhere in the US or Illinois and abort in Chicago – Union Station, IL (CHI). From there you can use the public transportation or rent a car.

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