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Apple River Canyon State Park

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Address: 8763 E. Canyon Road, Apple River, IL 61001
Phone Number: 815-745-3302
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.

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Apple River Hiking

Decided to check this park out over Memorial Day weekend. We left the hotel early in the morning and were at the main parking lot just after 8:00. We decided to check out the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Gurnee, Illinois
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Gurnee, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Decided to check this park out over Memorial Day weekend. We left the hotel early in the morning and were at the main parking lot just after 8:00. We decided to check out the various trails - the park brochure says they average about 1.5 miles, and that seems long after doing them (we did all five in a few... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Float..enjoy the hot sun and cool water... Enjoy the scenery and wildlife as you float Share and enjoy the time with family and friends

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Dakota, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I have written 2 reviews for Apple River Canyon already, one about 2 years ago and another close to 6 years ago. Both the reviews have been a little different and I’ve realized that over the years the park has gone through some changes that wax and wane from what my husband and I are looking for in a camping... More 

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Juda
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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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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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