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Castle Rock State Park

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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...

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

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Someplace new

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Jamie M
Woodstock, Illinois

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Woodstock, Illinois
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

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.

Thank Jamie M
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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173 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

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

Thank Heidi-ready-2-travel
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

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 

1 Thank Taccc123
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,

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.

Thank cwoosa
Davenport, Iowa
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49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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 

6 Thank Susan M
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4 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.

1 Thank William E
Chicago, Illinois
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161 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 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 

1 Thank Jsleos
Ashton, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I go here often and always see something I haven't seen. If you are looking for beautiful nature scenic views, Castle Rock is a great place to go!

1 Thank Jennie B
Dixon, Illinois
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48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Castle Rock gives you a great view of the Rock River valley. In the spring you can get great views of eagles flying over the river and fishing. In the fall, the view of colors is great! You can also get some good exercise climbing to the top to the viewing platforms.

Thank Jim T

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