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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 #2 of 13 Attractions in Utica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Apprehension turned to interest once I arrived. The trails are maintained better than the roads in the park. All of the walkways are very secure and scenic. Bring binoculars to observe both the bald eagles and the tugs/barges passing through the Illinois River lock adjacent to the park. Walking shoes are a must and leave plenty of time for exploring... More 

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Ottawa il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It's easy to get jaded and not appreciate what you have in your own back yard. Because we Iive in the country in the woods, in the wilderness we have no idea what an impact a place like Starved Rock has on people from the city. It's hard for them to imagine that a place so expansive and beautiful and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

There really wasn't much to see because we didn't go camping there, but it was just nice to briefly explore one of mother nature's gifts.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I love starved rock. the hiking is awesome and the scenery is beautiful. It is so close to the city - 90 miles. If you can stay at starved rock lodge, try to get a cabin. they are rustic and simple - very basic. Mine had a porch that looked over a ravine.

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Naperville, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

There are plenty of trails to hike and find some nice waterfalls. Better to visit within a couple days after rain because the waterfalls dry up pretty quick.

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