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Starved Rock State Park

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Address: P.O. Box 509, 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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Frozen Waterfalls in the winter AMAZING

Starved rock is wonderful to hike not only in the summer but in the winter as well. Almost all of the canyons have waterfalls that are frozen. Where as in the summer only a few... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Starved rock is wonderful to hike not only in the summer but in the winter as well. Almost all of the canyons have waterfalls that are frozen. Where as in the summer only a few Have enough water for an actual waterfall. Traction is a must to hike. And ofcourse lots of layers and waterproof boots. WildCat Canyon and LaSalle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

the trails are really well kept and walkable for all age groups, 60 down to 2 years. Rangers were available at visitors center to talk also.

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Johnsburg, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

First time there. Some of our family met there (in the middle of Illinois for us) for a small birthday celebration. We had lunch, did the trolley ride, and had coffee and dessert after before our ride home. The Good: Beautiful lodge! Pleasant staff. The Fair: Lunch was reasonably priced for adults. About $10 per entrée. We were not offered... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I live in Illinois. This was my third and probably last trip to Starved Rock. A visiting friend wanted to see it so I took her. She was also unimpressed. I read reviews for this place and I simply cannot understand what some folks are talking about. It's an OK little city park type place that is woefully over crowded... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The wife and I hiked about 7 miles of the trails. Waterfalls are still partially frozen. The trails are well maintained. Lots of stairs at some parts, great workout. Will be back again. Do check before you start hike as some of trail closed do to maintenance.

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Greenfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

There were Bald Eagles a plenty and we were able to see it on a small bus with lots of commentary from the driver. Fun experience!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Husband and I made the road trip to Starved Rock and I am so glad we did! Our motivation was the frozen waterfalls! About 90 miles from downtown Chicago. Check out the hiking maps (http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/) before heading out. There are multiple parking locations and depending on the trail you take will determine the best place for you to park. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Loved all of the waterfalls! Trails are paved/cleared nicely and some strenuous parts have stairs to make parts of the trails accessible that might not be otherwise.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I have been going to Starved Rock Lodge since I was a little girl. It's changed a little over the years, but it still maintains that lodge feeling. It's a historic place constructed in the 30s with dark wood and a huge stone fireplace. And it really burns wood. The only drawbacks to this place is the lack of light... More 

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Montgomery, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Even in the winter this park is beautiful, love seeing how different is looks in all the seasons. The frozen ice falls are amazing and seeing inside all the little caves, in the summer it is usually too much water and muddy to get in the caves.

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