Winter is slowly but surely closing in, and that means colder weather. (Well, maybe). For now, the leaves are at their prettiest colors. And, thanks to our listeners, we know some of the best places around the Quad cities to see the trees at their peak color.

One of the common recommendations sent in was Starved Rock. The state park is full of plant and animal life, making it a picture perfect Fall destination. And now, it's getting even bigger!

This week, Illinois announced that the state has acquired a 51-acre piece of land around Starved Rock State Park "that will provide additional wildlife space and serve as a buffer to protect the park."
The land used to have a campground area, but most of that was removed before the state bought it.
No official word was given on when the new area would be open, but it should make an exciting addition to the area!

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