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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I have been to Starved Rock a ton of times when I was younger. I thought checking it out 10 years later would be fun but I chose the wrong time to go. If you are traveling a ways to see it, be sure to check the weather conditions from previous weeks as this may lead to trail closings etc.... More

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Pullman, Washington
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you're tired of flat Illinois, visit this park! There are a lot of stairs and walking but it's worth it. We visited the usual canyons around the visitors center all of which were unique and interesting, then checked out the furthest afield, Illinois Canyon, and had the entire place to ourselves. Unfortunately we were there after a month long... More

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We took our 10 and 12 year old to Utica for part of their spring break. The hiking in the park was a nice surprise. Some of the trails were closed or we were strongly discouraged from trying them due to lingering ice. There were enough open trails however for some easy to moderate hiking. The frozen water falls we're... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

When we went in August, a bunch of the trails were closed, but we still enjoyed it! The trails are all fairly easy. There are a ton of stairs... so be mindful of that... and don't feel bad if that makes you stop to catch your breath! :) Loved getting to see so many people of all walks of life...... More

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

There's more to Illinois than just Chicago and cornfields. You'd never guess it but less than 100 miles from the city, on the south bank of the Illinois River, the cornfields give way to Starved Rock State Park -- four miles of sandstone bluffs with 18 canyons cut into them by glaciers and streams. Up the road a bit is... More

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Morris, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

If you want an awesome Sunday buffet/brunch Starved Rock is the place for you. The Buffet is great and so are all the people working there. If you get the chance be sure to go there. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation..

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I went to starved rock last weekend and I have never been there. Needless to say, I was very disappointed. I'm sure the park is wonderful with hiking and waterfalls and better fishing, but all that is missing right now. Damage from the storms has not been fixed so there is almost no hiking. 90% of trails are closed No... More

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Aledo, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Unfortunately, most of the trails were still closed but the hotel was great. It was posted all over the website that the trails were closed so we knew that going in and Mathiessen State Park is just down the road and had some great canyons and hiking. We will definitely be going back next year, but will go earlier so... More

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Gayville, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We stopped on our way across Illinois. A break from the interstate. Unexpected beauty in the middle of farmlands. Nice hiking trails, well maintained. Gorgeous views. Interesting history of the expansion of trade...

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McKinney, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My large family all stayed at the Starved Rock lodge for our reunion. It was a nice place to stay, it had a lot of good meeting places for large groups to hang out. There is a large grassy area near the visitor's center where we all played a game of football. It could definitely use an outdoor pool, but... More

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