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Address: 1365 W. Castle Road, Oregon, IL 61061
Phone Number: 815-732-7329
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Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no...

Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no camping.

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Beutiful

My boyfriend and I went in January after a fresh snowfall and the view was so beautiful. The stairs were a little icy so we had to be extra cautious but was worth the hike to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Aleasha R
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Belvidere, Illinois

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Belvidere, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I went in January after a fresh snowfall and the view was so beautiful. The stairs were a little icy so we had to be extra cautious but was worth the hike to see that view. We will be going back for sure.

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ny
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199 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Well kept park with a good visitors center, large resort, and many miles of trails. We were lucky to see a pair of bald eagles fly onto a tree on a small island in the river as we were at the top of a trail.

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Thank Mindyopp
Woodstock, Illinois
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

This was a nice change of pace. We spend so much time at Rock Cut State Park, this was only an hour drive. Beautiful area, went to see some fall colors. Did both north and south trails along with a picnic. Kids even enjoyed it. It's nice to visit someplace new for the day.

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Thank Jamie M
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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201 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We just did a quick drive through the park. Ample picnic tables and grills. Gorgeous views of prarie fields.

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Thank Heidi-ready-2-travel
Wheaton
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

The feature that is worth mentioning about this park is the easy to navigate, short trails. The two we walked were well marked and were in a loop. So, you came out right where you went in. I like this bc you knew exactly what you were getting into upon embarking on the trails. As far as scenery, nothing special.... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The park was bigger than we had imagined and we got lost on the Oregon Trail. Very scenic area! Glad we went,

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Thank bminnis63
River Grove, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The climb up the stairs is more than worth the view of the Rock River Valley. There is a lot of history about the native Blackhawk Indians and there are so many beautiful hardwood trees.

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Davenport, Iowa
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I get the feeling that Castle Rock State Park is often overlooked in favor of the more well-known nearby White Pines Forest State Park. While Castle Rock doesn't offer the amenities White Pines does such as cabins, dining and modern campsites, the location along the Rock River makes it worth the visit, Three picnic areas offer shelters, grills, toilets &... More 

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Seattle
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

beautiful sunset on a sunny cold day at the park with view of the Rock River. Well worth the stop and the climb to the overlook.

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Chicago, Illinois
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201 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Tired of going to Starved Rock? Definitely hit up this park. The beauty of this area is amazing, and the riverside road absolutely breathtaking. Great spot to fish! Also: pictures do not do this place justice. It truly needs to be seen in person. The one drawback is that the trails here aren't very long: the longest trail is probably... More 

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