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Starved Rock State Park

P.O. Box 509, Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Utica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Hiking Trails
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... more » 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. « less
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Calgary, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Very much enjoyed this stop on a road trip of state parks in the Chicago area, it was the clear highlight. The canyons were beautiful and cool, a treat on a hot summers day. There had been a storm before we arrived and many of the trails were closed, but the staff at the visitors centre made some recommendations things... More

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Westmont, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It is a beautiful park and I was fortunate enough to see it as the trees were changing. There are plenty of trails and waterfront access.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Too much to see and do for one afternoon. Great grounds. We'll be back another time. Trails, lodge, cabins, and gorgeous grounds. Ate at the lodge. Good food, too!

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Hazleton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

1st trip to the park Hiked the many Canyons great views bring water and camera a lot of walking up and down the mountain. Worth the trip

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

Took my mom to Starved Rock State Park for a day trip. We took the Land & Water tour. It was a perfect outing for us. The package starts with lunch lodge restaurant, then a trolley tour of the park followed by a 45 minute cruise on a small paddle wheeler and ending with a stop at the Visitors' Center.... More

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Chicago
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My children and I decided to visit Starved Rock State Park last weekend. It was a great adventure for all of us. The hike is quite long and if you plan to see all canyons you might need a few hours, we didn't get to see them all and our walk was about 3 hours. My children 15, 11, 9... More

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were looking for a dog friendly weekend escape that wasn't too far from Chicago. We'd heard of Starved Rock, but were pleasantly surprised how great it really was for an attraction in the Midwest. We've been hiking in Borneo and other parts of South East Asia and have seen some incredible rock formations and nature. You can't compare Starved... More

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Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We took the literal high road when choosing a trail at a recent visit to Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL. A series of trails, stairs and boardwalks gave us a bird's eye view of three of the lovely canyons that make up this little gem. (Other trails will take you down into the canyons.) Going at the height... More

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LeClaire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

So beautiful and peaceful. Missed the waterfalls, went a few weeks too late for them but I still enjoyed it so much! Will be coming back

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West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The canyons and waterfalls are beautiful, and considering they're in the flat center of Illinois, are an unexpected find.

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