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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
Owner description: Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this scenic park offers many...
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Type: State Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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 boating along the banks of the Illinois River.

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Idaho
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We planned way ahead and booked a cabin for one night in the middle of October. Timing was perfect, as the leaves and weather were gorgeous. The cabins were nice but all contain wood-burning fireplaces, which for me allergy-wise is difficult. We ended up moving rooms. The walls in the cabins are paper-thin so plan to hear your neighbor's television... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Starved Rock is gorgeous. Beautiful trails and a historic lodge (on weekends I think they require a 2 day stay). The new visitor's center is nice too. Be sure to stay on the trails, as it is easy to fall off a cliff while looking at the view. If you are in the area, and are more adventurous, consider visiting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Plenty of hiking trails along the river, through and above the canyons, and through the woods. Waterfalls are plenty. Good cardio hike.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I have visited Starved Rock State Park on two previous occasions. The first time was in 1958, the day after our high school prom. My father made breakfast for six of us at our home in Blue Island. Then we drove to Starved Rock State Park for a day of sight-seeing and hiking. The second time, when I was high... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

A lovely place to hike. Be sure to get a trail map and plan your route. You can't do all the canyons in a day so plan accordingly. Be SURE to go across the river to the Illinois Lock & Damn Visitor Center! Very interesting. Nice Center with lots of history displayed and you can look at it while you... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Our youngest son was married in the lodge here this weekend. It is a beautiful venue. The dinner was fantastic. Everything was enhanced by the beautiful views and paths. There are many paths that pass the lodge. While the trees had shed their leaves, the vistas from the bluffs were great. We were too early, but American eagle roost and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We may have missed the great fall colors, but the overlook views and canyons were awesome. The hiking trails are very clearly marked and easy to follow. A few scary staircases though.

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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