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Address: 1365 W. Castle Road, Oregon, IL 61061
Phone Number: 815-732-7329
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Description: 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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"Don't Overlook Castle Rock"

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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110 reviews 110 reviews
71 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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Ashton, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 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!

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Dixon, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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.

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Illinois
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181 reviews 181 reviews
33 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

My husband and I took a day trip here-very nice park. We did a little hiking and a little fishing and enjoyed our drive along the river. Despite it being the first nice weekend of the year here in Illinois there were not very many other people here. Lots of places for a picnic and also passed a playground or... More 

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Park City, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I went there on Saturday September 21, 2013 and it was a sunny day and I walked the stairs and saw the Rock River and it was picturesque.

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Oregon, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

the climb up the stairs to the top of Castle Rock is a refreshing challenge and the view is extraordinary. The rock let you see north several miles to the islands in the Rock where the blue heron rockery comes alive every spring and the south view is several miles until the river curves to Dixon. Castle Rock park's trails... More 

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Oregon, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I go fishing here at the Rock River. Some of the places are quite nice. My family hikes and cross county skis there. I go fishing in the summer. Usually a very good time. It has a real nice outdoor bathroom on the boat launching area, and that is why I like to fish there. Too many times the parks... More 

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Oregon, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a wonderful park to hike and picnic. The views are wonderful and the park itself is in great shape. They go to great trouble to keep it natural for all the sightseeing you can stand. Plenty of bird watching as well. There are some pavillions for covered picnics also. I think its one of the best kept secrets... More 

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