ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Grafton, Illinois

Updated on September 9, 2014

Mississippi River Town

Grafton is a wonderful small town along the Great River Road near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. During the Great Flood of 1993 the town was nearly lost, but it has reinvented itself to become a thriving river town and a great place for a visit.

On a recent holiday weekend some friends and I took a drive from St. Louis, along the Great River Road and one of our stops was Grafton. I hadn't been there in years and was delighted to see all the shops, wineries and restaurants that doted the main street of the town.

At the Port of Grafton we were greeted with this delightful faux lighthouse. The lighthouse was dedicated in 2007 to symbolically mark the rise of Grafton after the Great Flood of 1993.

photo by mbgphoto

Grafton is a great place to spend an afternoon. Enjoy visiting the shops, tasting some new wines at one of the several wineries in town or enjoy a great crabcake sandwich while watching the boats leave the marina!

Big Kahuna - right on the riverfront

Source

Relax in Quiet River Town

We enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Big Kahuna, which is located above the marina at the Port of Grafton. The food was good, the waitresses were friendly and on this beautiful September day we ate on the deck and had a wonderful view of the marina and the river.

When you go to Grafton this is a must stop. It is fun to sit on their deck and watch the barges and boats motor down the river. You will also see lots of birds. Fishing is also a popular sport from nearby decks.


Grafton Ferry

Source

As we ate our lunch we enjoyed watching the ferry leave the Illinois side and head across the river to St. Charles county.

The Grafton ferry is located on the Illinois side at the foot of Illinois Route 3, just upriver of the Grafton public boat ramp. On the Missouri side, it terminates just off of Grafton Ferry Road alongside the St. Charles County Airport. From there it is a short ride to highway 94 and about 10 miles to the St. Charles city line.

I have taken the ferry on previous trips and it is always a fun ride...along with saving some time. The ferry trip takes about 10 minutes and the drive around to St. Charles county would take nearly an hour.

Driving directions

A
Grafton, IL 62037:
Grafton, IL 62037

get directions

More Grafton Activities

If you a e an adventurous type of person there are several activities that might interest you. The Raging Rivers Water Park is full of fun slides and all types of water activities or you might want to try the Zipline Adventure in Grafton.

For those of you who enjoy wine Grafton has several different wineries to try. Pick up a bottle of wine some cheese and enjoy a pleasant day in this river town.

There are several shops along the main street including the Fudge Store Country Corner and a wonderful little ice cream shop where we stopped to have a cone on our way out of town.

Just a couple of miles up the road from Grafton you will come to Pere Marquette State park. If you enjoy hiking this is a great place to visit. You can also drive up to the top of the park where there is a great lookout where you can see across the river. I enjoyed stopping at the lookout and photographing a large group of butterflies that were lighting on the wildflowers.


Have you ever been to Grafton? - stop by and leave me a note

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • annieangel1 profile image

      Ann 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I haven't but your photos always make me want to jump on a plane and get over to the US.

    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      I don't, but I have to tell that I admire people of towns which had a calamity, and they have the tenacity to came back and make it better. It is a character strength which is rare. I hope we will do the same with south of NJ which was devastated by Sandy storm. Great lens, and example which speak by itself.

      Angel Dust in your way.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      No, but it looks like a beautiful place to visit! : )

    • KOrazem profile image

      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      I haven't ~ but I love exploring with you. It looks like a lot of fun!

    • CrossCreations profile image

      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      One more thing about Grafton ... I'd add the Loading Dock to favorite stops there, great place to watch the boats and live music on weekends, flea markets monthly, too!

    • CrossCreations profile image

      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I was in Grafton in August, also love that sweet little town. I found it amazing that given the many times that town has been flooded out by the Mississippi, it not only continues to thrive but to actually GROW! Thumbs up and lensrolled. :-)

    • Linda BookLady profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Illinois is a beautiful state! I don't think I've been to Grafton. Actually, I haven't been to Illinois since 1971!

    • profile image

      poutine 

      8 years ago

      no, never been there but it sure looks like a pleasant town to visit.

      Thanks for sharing your pictures.

    • profile image

      ohcaroline 

      8 years ago

      It's never been my pleasure...maybe someday when I am in the area.

    • JenOfChicago LM profile image

      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      I've never been there but it looks like a charming little place to visit on a road trip - I'll have to keep that in mind the next time I head that way.

    • ArtByLinda profile image

      Linda Hoxie 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      I haven't but it sure sounds and looks like a great place to visit!

    • CrossCreations profile image

      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Grafton is one of my all-time favorite towns and you delivered a wonderful tribute here. Love the Big Kahuna and also The Loading Dock. The Great River Road is the closest thing St. Louis has to a BEACH, a wonderful drive along the bluffs and the Mississippi. Love your photos! 5*s!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      This sounds like a wonderful place to spend the day, or maybe a few relaxing days! Yeah, I could use a mini vacation. Thanks for the suggestion.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)