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Apple River Canyon State Park

8763 E. Canyon Road, Apple River, IL 61001
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Top Contributor
295 reviews 295 reviews
111 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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
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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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42 reviews 42 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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Freeport, Illinois
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194 reviews 194 reviews
79 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Great little river running through it. In some places it looks like it is only knee high. super clear. Wonderful trails. I found a story board on how the area was developed and found that it was a town at one time that was wiped out by a flood. Very interesting story. Worth searching out the story board.

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Mt Carroll, Il
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Grab a bike and go, don't forget your camera. And nearby is the Cove Restaurant, at the lake, a wonderful restaurant. But make sure to call ahead for the restaurant, only open seasonally. Look for the rocks overhanging the streams and the waterfalls.

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