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Starved Rock State Park

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Address: Utica, IL 61373
Phone Number: 815-667-4726
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Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this...
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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A fun campout in an amazing park

We hadn't been up to Starved Rock for years so we decided to take a week and camp there and look around. The campground is nice with camping in the open and also a section in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Harlingen, Texas
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Harlingen, Texas
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We hadn't been up to Starved Rock for years so we decided to take a week and camp there and look around. The campground is nice with camping in the open and also a section in the woods. We explored the trails after getting some information and seeing the video at the nice Visitors Center. The trails have a lot... More 

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This was a stop on a trip to get out and walk around. Very nice walking trails and visitor center. It was crowded in the parking lot ( very beautiful day) but not on the trails. I wish we had time to stay and hike.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It's a great park for 2-3 hour hike with hill, ravines and a very rocky invironment. . It's only2 hr. from Chicago.Quite unusual for Illinois.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Staying at the Starved Rock Lodge in a two room cabin. Had a wonderful afternoon sitting and watching the Eagles and the Hawks sore around the sky. The lodge is fully booked up, great place to bring the family with kids, great swimming pool great local restaurants. Garzanelli's supper club in Ogelsby has a wonderful family-style dinner. Also wonderful surroundings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Starved rock state park is one of the best state parks in Illinois state. Me and my husband went for hiking during fall last year and we simply loved it. Since we stared the hike pretty late, we could hike only for 8.5 miles of the total 13 miles. One can see beautiful sights from the top overlooking the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

On Wednesday 22 July I took my dogs camping at Starved Rock. We made my usual stop at the Council Overhang. One of my dogs died (from a heart murmur) on the trail. I called the main office and the employee that answered listened to my hysterics and promised to send someone out to help. Within the hour Site Assistant... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We hooked from the visitor center eastwards (after checking out "The Rock" of course. We loved the shaded trails and the beautiful view of the river. Starved Rock had so much history to it that if you come informed, the magic multiplies. The signage along the trails is clearly old and can use an update. Another thing to know is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The park has great trails and is dog friendly. Bring bug spray and not the cheap stuff. Pack water if it's hot because once you're out there it's not a quick trip back to the lodge.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were here during the flooding and several of the trails were closed. There is $150.00 fine if you are caught off of the trail or on a closed trail. I see others said in their review that they went off trail, but beware of the fine if you are caught. We hike often and I grew up hiking this... More 

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Mundelein, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Beautiful scenery!! Plenty to see including canyons with waterfalls. Dog friendly park. We took out Rottweiler Max. There are many trails that very in length. Be ready as there are a lot of stairs on some of the trails.

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Address: Utica, IL 61373
Phone Number: 815-667-4726
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Utica

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