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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, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Not sure if budget cuts in state funding have hit the public parks harder but sadly, Starved Rock is badly neglected. We arrived there on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and were shocked about the garbage on the trails, the signs were so vandalized that you could not read the information and The bathrooms were ghastly with the toilets literally clogged... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I loved this place!!! . We visited with 2 13 years old girls . My father and my husband . We did a lot of hiking but it was amazing the views, the nature and the staff helped us with all the questions . It was out First visit . Hope to come back .. :)

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I cannot express enough how much of a waste of time, and how upsetting this trip was. First and foremost, 10 of the 14 trails were closed (Including all of the Starved Rock waterfall trails) due to storm damage from June 30th, and they're still closed with no ETA for re-open. But more on that shortly- that's just the quick... More

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Melrose Park, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

the lounge outside is ok the food is ok.. a little bit confused why the inside restaurant food can not be brought outside but again the food was ok

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Miami
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went here for a two-night stay with a group of 8 adults and were appalled at how we were treated, the number of "rules," and the paternalism employed by the rangers and other park personnel. On our first night, the campsite seemed less than half full, yet when I asked if four of our friends that were at a... More

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Lockport, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great weather for hiking and exploring the park, unfortunately most of the trails were closed due to recent storms.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Bad storms damaged some trails this summer, but looking forward to returning in Fall. Two of their beautiful waterfalls are still open, as is Starved Rock itself.

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Decatur, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We did a couple trails, and had a great visit. The day was hot, but there were a lot of people around the Starved Rock area. The hiking trails were pretty much people free.

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Kankakee, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Due to a major storm late in June, most of the trails in the park are closed this summer. However, throngs of would-be hikers arrive regardless. On our visit July 19, we could not find parking at any of the open trails on the east side of the park, or at the main visitors center. Same situation at nearby Matthiessen... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Starved Rock has some nice bird watching and one very nice unexpected waterfall. The small amount of hiking trails are nice but very crowded. The campground is noisy, featureless and may as well be a pasture.(it probably was) The campsites are way too close together and not well maintained. The large looming conference center and bad overpriced restaurants within make... More

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