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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
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Starved Rock State Park is a great place to visit to see the fall colors and the canyons. The hiking trails take you through the canyons and along the Illinois River I have been coming to Starved Rock since I was a child and it is more beautiful each time I visit.

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North Canton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I have been visiting my family and decided to visit Starved Rock. With the colors of fall quickly approaching, and the temps turning crisp, especially at night... this state park lends to the beauty of life itself, showing us all, the treasures that is nestled in each turn, each nook, and every corner... A treasure indeed... and the food in... More

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chicago Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Just an hour and a half outside of Chicago, this state park is a wonderful day trip. Set in the forest along the Illinois river this tribute to nature can be many things. Bald eagles and white pelicans soar over head. The lodge is a haven for oldsters looking to enjoy a tasty lunch. But in our case it was... More

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Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I only live about 10 miles from here so I've been here many times. Beautiful canyons and great views of the Illinois River. Best time to see waterfalls is in the spring though St. Louis Canyon has one year round. It's best to go during the week or before 10 am on weekends as it gets super packed. A bad... More

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Denver, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

my husband and I drove over from Indiana to see Starved Rock. We got an early start and hiked the trails all day long. The canyons were beautiful. The trails are well maintained. I would definitely recommend this state park

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Belvidere, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We went to Starved Rock for the day, took in a few of the canyon hikes away from the Lodge/Visitor's Center and then ended the day hiking the main paths and having a late lunch at the lodge. Safe, well-marked trails everywhere, excellent food and friendly people at the Lodge. Looking forward to spending a full weekend at Starved Rock... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Very much enjoyed this stop on a road trip of state parks in the Chicago area, it was the clear highlight. The canyons were beautiful and cool, a treat on a hot summers day. There had been a storm before we arrived and many of the trails were closed, but the staff at the visitors centre made some recommendations things... More

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Westmont, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It is a beautiful park and I was fortunate enough to see it as the trees were changing. There are plenty of trails and waterfront access.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This State Park has hiking and/or walking for just about every age. The history goes back to the early 1930's, and was developed more fully by the CCC under the Roosevelt administration. Beautiful lodge with 90 rooms of various sizes, separate cabins for those interested. Hiking trials are well marked and mostly concrete or blacktop. Bordering on the Illinois river,... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Too much to see and do for one afternoon. Great grounds. We'll be back another time. Trails, lodge, cabins, and gorgeous grounds. Ate at the lodge. Good food, too!

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