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Starved Rock State Park

Address: P.O. Box 509, Utica, IL 61373
Phone Number: 815-667-4726
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Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Utica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this scenic park offers many...
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Type: State Parks, Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this scenic park offers many hiking and horseback riding trails plus fishing and boating along the banks of the Illinois River.

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chicagoland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went last weekend to see the bald eagles. It was awesome. We tried to make the trolley tour but it was booked. We just parked and took a short hike to the spot where you can see them. We saw about 5 flying around. Then had lunch at the restaurant back door lounge connected to the lodge and it was... More 

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Chicago
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62 reviews 62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I hadn't visited the park since I was a kid, and going in winter was a great experience. I know the place gets crowded in the summers, so if you want a nice nature experience, the winter is the time to go. It's nice to see some varied terrain in Illinois, and the frozen falls are a lot of fun.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have visited this park 3-4 times in the last 40 years. Always a wonderful experience winter or summer. Eagle watching is great as it the beauty of the Illinois River valley.

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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Wear shoes or boots with good traction so you can walk all the paths in this pretty winter spot. We went for the eagles and saw about a dozen over an afternoon and following morning. The park is a lot less visited in the winter so there are no lines for information and the quiet is awesome. We loved watching... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Starved Rock Park is unique to the state park system of Illinois! You will know it the minute you enter the park, as you wind your car through the towering trees. Amazing waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. There are 13 miles of trails to explore under the towering trees and waterfalls are available in the... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I've been here many times in all seasons and there is a lot to do in winter you can watch Eagles in fall you can see the colors in spring you can see the waterfalls or you could just hike around and see the canyons or even just sit and one of the many beautiful views at the park

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Elkhart, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Simply amazing view. Did some Eagle watching and was not disappointed. We went for the weekend and was lucky enough to see 4 eagles. 2 adults and to juveniles. It is still a couple weeks early for all the eagles to be at locks but it was still not disappointed . We have already made plans to bring our Grandson... More 

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Balaton, mn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice meal at the lodge, then went on the trolley. Our driver Ed did an excellent job. We saw several eagles. He also took us to the lock and dam. Very interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The rain ponchos sold at the gift shop came in mighty handy! We came to hike and we hiked. Unfortunately, our group split up accidentally and we didn't have cell phone service. Nevertheless, we managed to rejoin at the covered picnic tables and had our picnic at the park as planned.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We drove 2.25 hours to hike here and we (myself+two college daughters) felt the drive was worth it. Mental bonus: gas was only $1.89 a gallon (yippee). While we were slightly disappointed the trails we traveled were boardwalks (didn't get dirty!!), it was fine and we understand it makes this gem of canyons and waterfalls and river vistas more accessible... More 

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