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Starved Rock State Park

P.O. Box 509, Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
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Ranked #1 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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Chicago
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

They get in the way, go off the trails ruining preserved sites, and litter. Stay in the city if you don't know how to act properly in the country and can't help keep our parks clean.

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Chicago, Illinois
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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Starved Rock is the perfect day trip for an outdoor adventure. This is an Illinois state park that is a true treasure. Because we'd never been there, my boyfriend and I opted to sign up for "hike & lunch" tour, although you can certainly venture the paths independently. Our guide, Kevin was most informative, pointing out poison ivy, beaver activity,... More

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My first trip to Starved Rock State Park was in mid-April . My siblings, etc gathered to celebrate a 60th birthday. We stayed in the lodge and some were in cabins. It is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited. The views of the Mississippi River are stunning. We hiked for hours and then relaxed in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I came with my husband, daughter, and niece. It was a beautiful experience, I recommend to dress appropriate for the hikes and drink plenty of water. The scenery was wondering, I never knew illinois had this wonderful place. I am glad that I came with my family. Even though my daughter was in a stroller the whole time, the hike... More

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McLeansboro, IL
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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The day we visited the park, it was raining heavily, so we took a trolley tour. It was a great way to see the park!

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