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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, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.
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Juda
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This park has several different trails that vary in length and "level of intensity". I recommend taking the trail by the bathrooms and the trail next to the little building near the river across from the bathrooms. These trails are offer nice views and plenty of bird sightings with the occasional wild turkey crossing your path. If you go during... More 

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This gorgeous state park is a hidden gem: an impressive canyon and a really beautiful layout for families interested in hanging out by the river. For those of you that are more interested in hiking, the trails are well-marked, but quite short: of the several trails, none go over more than a mile in length. Difficulty is pretty moderate (the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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150 reviews 150 reviews
54 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
230 helpful votes 230 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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