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Starved Rock State Park

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Address: , 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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A place made from dreams!

Big, beautiful and green, Starved Rock is everything you need for a day out doors. The trails are mostly stairs, which I did not expect being used to dirt trails. But once you get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Big, beautiful and green, Starved Rock is everything you need for a day out doors. The trails are mostly stairs, which I did not expect being used to dirt trails. But once you get up to the top, the view makes it all worth it. You forget about everything for a little bit. Perfect place to go to enjoy being... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Had never been to any Illinois State Park, as we are Wisconsites with loads of closer choices for hiking...what a wonderful park! The views of the canyons and Illinois River were great, and the extensive trails were beautifully-maintained. Very impressive and highly-recommended for people who like flatter trails or more challenging climbing (stairs) trails. Well worth the drive from the... More 

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Oak Forest, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We love going here. The trails are nice and well maintained. They are the best I've seen in Illinois. There are beautiful views overlooking the river. If you go at the right time of year, there are even waterfalls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is one of the best state parks in the Midwest in my opinion. Lots to do and see along trails that are easily accessible for most people. The canyons are great to explore! One of my family's favorite places to visit!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My husband and I went hiking here one beautiful summer Saturday (as did many tourists and suburbanites). There is ample parking and trails for all abilities. We were prepared to hit most of the trails but we also saw lots of families and groups enjoying the park. Some of the trails are paved and are fairly flat and others have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I grew up around the area and it's definitely nice to get away, however the park is very touristy and that really takes away from the isolation and natural beauty of the park. Despite having several trash cans before you leave the lodge area and signs that say "NO TRASH BEYOND THIS POINT", the park is still littered pretty heavily.... More 

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Mechanicsburg, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very disappointed. Went here to hike, and see flowers, wildlife, and amazing views. The views were nice, but we saw no wildlife, no flowers, and a bunch of weeds. More than once, we had to actually climb over trees that had fallen in the path, and at one tree, we had to turn around, because it was covered in poison... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Yes! Northwestern Illinois does have canyons and waterfalls. It's a good hike, pun intended, to get back to these canyons and waterfalls, but well worth it. The trails were in good shape overall, but could use some love. The scenic views atop the lookouts were picturesque and cool on a humid day. Great wind atop these bluffs. The restaurant was... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is our second time to Starved Rock and we really enjoy the hiking trails. You could spend all day hiking there if you'd like to. The trails we took were fairly easy walks and there were steps to go up the steep parts. The thing that was dismaying about the park was all the litter along the trails. It's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

scenery is great, so many friendly people to chat with, kids love this place, and whether young, middle aged or old adults this place is great place to come for a breath of fresh air and enjoy life and nature, water fall is amazing, great place for exercise, sightseeing, couples getaway, families wanting bonding time without TV and internet, only... More 

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