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Apple River Canyon State Park

8763 E. Canyon Road, Apple River, IL 61001
815-745-3302
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Type: State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.
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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

It had rained the night before so the waterfalls were beautiful. I loved the trails. We were there early in the day and then came back at sunset to walk the sunset trail. I liked the trail but we couldn't see a sunset.

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Chicago, Illinois
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140 reviews 140 reviews
53 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were please withthe park but quite surprised that it was so small. It' like it's own little world inthe middle of farm country that the glaciers carved out.

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We checked this out on the way home from Galena, it's about 20 min North of Hwy 20. It was nice, but small. I was with small children, so we didn't do any hiking, but the trails looked good and there were some nice views. There were also many fishermen, so it looks like the fishing might be good. I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We made a quick stop at Apple River Canyon on our way to Dubuque. Beautiful park and great scenery. Great way to stretch your legs after a long drive. Walking in the river was alot of fun and a great way to cool off.

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Montrose
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334 reviews 334 reviews
121 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

There is so much to do in this area, that we had missed this one before, but never again. This is one gorgeous scenic and peaceful area. There are various easy walks through the forest and above the river. We took the Pine Ridge Trail which took us up above the river and along a nicely marked forest path. A... More

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Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Nice clean camp ground. Spaced out well. Clean restrooms. If you need firewood you can head past the Ranger station and there is a place about a 1/2 mile up the road.

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Dakota, Illinois
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

My husband and I have been coming to this park for about 8 years and have been to it at least 2 dozen times for between 3 days to a week. It was always the escape we were looking for to get away from people and noise and to commune with nature, relax and de-stress.... until recently. In 2011 the... More

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Cedarville
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stopped for a picnic with the family. Fished a little (didn't catch anything); the kids were not feeling well. Have not camped here but would like to. Apple River looks pretty clean through here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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77 reviews 77 reviews
8 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

There are 5 trails, we did 2. Nice quick hikes to get out of the car and get moving! We prefer these kinds of walks/hikes. Saw some fisherman. Bathroom was clean with TP. Did not see any showers etc.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Lovely, clean and compact state park offering tent camping spaces, easy hiking trails, and fishing on the Apple River. Enjoyed one night of camping with my daughter. Camping spots are as secluded and quiet as these things go. Each space had a fire pit with attached grill. Bathrooms were pretty clean too with plenty of TP. All said and done,... More

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