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Starved Rock State Park

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Address: P.O. Box 509, 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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I can't believe this is in Illinois!!!

We enjoyed this trip so much!! My family stayed in the hotel wing of the lodge for 3 nights. Room was nicer than the pics and clean. Pool area was great. Staff was super friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this trip so much!! My family stayed in the hotel wing of the lodge for 3 nights. Room was nicer than the pics and clean. Pool area was great. Staff was super friendly and helpful. We made use of their free DVD library. We traveled with our 2 and 4 year old boys and will definitely return. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I would have given this 5 stars had it not been for the crowd. This place is just over the top CROWDED and visitors are RUDE. The paths get overly crowded to the point that everybody has to stop walking. People will walk side by side letting their three year old control the pace while others are wanting to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We have gone here for many years. It is great that this is still free (including parking). We went in April and saw a number of beautiful waterfalls! If you go later when it is dry, you can walk in the dry riverbeds so you can see things in a different perspective no matter when you go! If you have... More 

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Crown Point, In
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This was a tour that took you on a Trolly Car and dropped you off at the trail head so you could walk in to see waterfalls that came down hundreds of feet into canyons of sandstone cliffs. These are what people dream of when you hike. It had just rained do there was flowing water and misty views. We... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We love to have family camp outs here. There is so much to see and do. The lodge is a great place to sit and enjoy the scenery. It is filled with history of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is a wonderful park with a lot to see, but it does get busy. The earlier you go (in the day and in the season) the more you'll be able to enjoy the park without fighting the crowds. I'd also recommend hiking (or driving) away from the lodge to the falls and canyons that are further away. These sites... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We stayed here to chill out, relax and hike a bit before heading to Chicago. The reception staff throughout our stay were all very friendly. Our room was fine. We liked the wood paneling but it does make the room dark. Another lamp on the table would be useful. We ate in the restaurant on our first night. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had a great time hiking at Starved Rock!! We were able to explore canyons and go up above on starved rock and see the river! We will be back for sure!!

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Winfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I'm not really a spring person but the Megahike changed my ideas! Although it rained most of the day Joe, our guide, never gave up on us! We hiked 33000 steps over 13 miles and a bunch of canyons, 18 I think. The wildflowers were beautiful, Joe said sometimes they only last for a day, and the waterfalls were everywhere!!... More 

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Erie, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Wonderful hiking trails, waterfalls, and vistas. Very comfortable room at the lodge. Excellent lodge restaurants. Be sure to try the mouth watering fudge!

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