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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 2013
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The State Park and trails are very scenic and make for a great hike with family, friends or a group. It was my first time there and my son and I will always cherish it. The attraction itself would get 5 stars for the rock formations, scenery and waterfalls which were flowing well in April. One other thing I would... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Take the family for a walk and enjoy what nature has in store for you. Lot's of walks from easy to hard to be had, some great mud when we were there last. Bring old shoes.

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Best time to see the waterfalls is in the spring. Canyon trails are excellent for exploring, limestone cliffs are beautiful. Go early, the parking lots fill fast, ESPECIALLY the ones nearest the trails, limited spaces! Stop at the main ranger station and pick up a map of the trails. You can use the map to find a parking area NEAREST... More

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Roscoe, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Outstanding Portabella Mushroom Sandwich with sweet potato fried and special dipping sauce. If you're looking for a meatless entry this is your dish. It was cooked perfectly and you receive plenty!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I travel up here several time throughout the year, and take my kids and their friends it is always enjoyable. Wether it be ice falls or the views of the river, it's mid- west nature at it's best.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

My husband and I were with our dog this weekend for 3 hours hike, and it was spectacular. The waterfalls are frozen now and it is very unique thing to see. We also saw very close by a few bald eagles flying and sitting on the trees . We will defiantly come back again in a couple of months to... More

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Melrose Park, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I have been to Starved Rock more than a hundred times in my life. It has a little more than twelve miles of trails, lodge and cabins, a restaurant, a bar, and visitor center. The restaurant is a bit pricey but the food is excellent. I recommend the prime rib, fried chicken and Sunday brunch. Reservations are pretty much mandatory... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

we were in the park in late february to see the bald eagles. we started at the visitor's center and learned a lot about the area and it's history. we drove to the river's edge to see three eagles circling over head and they are huge. we saw several in the tree tops along the river. we went to the... More

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Urbana, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Gorgeous outdoors waterfall and trails. Picnic areas and a great story to be told. I want to come back to see the leaves in the fall.

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Cherokee Village, Arkansas
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We were able to see so many Eagles in and around the Starved Rock State Park. If you love to see these beautiful birds it is a definitely must go to place.

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