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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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Rochelle, Illinois
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Not only is it close to home, but it is a beautiful wonderful State Park. The eagles alone are amazing, the trails are awesome, the scenery is breathtaking. It is so much fun to watch the barges. The lodge is unique. Just a beautiful and relaxing place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Who would guess that such natural beauty is just a few miles from the concrete and corn fields of I-80? Starved Rock State Park could make a nice, quick stop for anyone traveling the interstate. We spent the night at Starved Rock Lodge. A million (slight exaggeration) steps led from the lodge down to the visitor's center. Large fallen trees... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The land. The Native American culture. The eagles swirling over the dam and locks, across the Illinois River, the barge traffic, the fishing, the natural-mystical rock formations, the valleys, the waterfalls, the hotel lodge, with good dining and scenic overlook. The local people and tourists are pleasant. You will be in proximity to three more major state parks. The towns... More

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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

we have traveled too this location before and we love the nature, food and all around scenery. it is much worth the trip for the last minute traverlers.

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Freeport, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The park itself was nice, unfortunately, when i called 2 days before our arrival, no one felt the need to tell me that all but 4 of the trails were closed. The ones we walked were nice, but was a little disappointed about the others being closed. Nice waterfalls on the ones we did go down.

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