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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, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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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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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I hadn't visited the "Rock" since my High School field trip days. It's changed a bit. Wooden walkways, rails, etc. It's more difficult to imagine the band of Indians atop of the Rock being starved to death while standing on wooden planking vs. standing upon the bare rock as a schoolboy. We had the fortune of taking a guided tour,... More

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Shorewood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Though the weather is getting cooler, the beauty still abounds at Starved Rock State Park. Just driving through is wonderful, but don't be afraid to get our of your vehicle and take a little walk along the rivers edge. LOVELY

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chicagoland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A must see place to see Bald Eagles and waterfalls. Walkways are safe, well maintained and marked. A paradise for hikers. Take your dog with you (do not forget the leash).

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Crown Point, In
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Best place to watch Bald Eagles in the winter in the Chicago Area. The colder the better as they come to the dam for open water. Bring binoculars or a scope or go across to the viewing area...maybe you'll be lucky and see Bald Eagles at ground level. Then be sure to stay for lunch or dinner. A buffet with... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I think Starved Rock is the prettiest park in northern Illinois. If you like hiking and scenery, Starved Rock makes you feel that you are not in Illinois. My daughter and I went at the peak of fall color and took many beautiful pictures and memories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The walkways were well maintained and well marked. Not wheelchair friendly though due to the number of steps. Views from the main lookout points were great. Visit November to February for the chance to see eagles and October / November to see the autumn colours in the trees.

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Naperville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I had a great fall weekend hiking, dining, and exploring Starved Rock. I found the staff at the visitor center to be very helpful at guiding our hikes. They had maps and good suggestions for easy hikes and trails for more novice hikers. I was able to hike with no problems up and down the many steps even though at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a great place to hike and enjoy nature. It is dog friendly which is great too! Several trails to choose from with look outs and river fews, even a waterfall (even though it was dry when we visited, it was still cool to see!).

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elk grove illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Enjoyable, lots of trails, not so much for driving around. Quick walk from the Visitors center to French cavern or Starved Rock overlook. STAIRS are for real, this is not a place for wheelchairs by its very nature.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Spent a night at the Lodge of Starved Rock State Park. The building was originally built of timbers from the local forests by the Civil Conservation Corps. It overlooks the Illinois river. Our room was in the original wing of the building. We had a double/double room. It was a little cramped but very clean and neat. All of the... More

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