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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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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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NO EAGLES THIS YEAR FOR EAGLE WATCHING WEEKEND

Due to warmer than normal January temperatures, I called in advance of Eagle Watching Weekend Jan 30-31st and was told there were lots of eagles to see. Upon arrival I was told... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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La Grange, Illinois
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La Grange, Illinois
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43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Due to warmer than normal January temperatures, I called in advance of Eagle Watching Weekend Jan 30-31st and was told there were lots of eagles to see. Upon arrival I was told the opposite.. only one resident pair might be visible but all the eagles have stayed north to feed in open waters and had no need to migrate south.... More 

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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went today for a few hours to try and see a bald eagle. We did see just one. We had never been to St. Louis canyon or the other canyons on that end of the park. St. Louis canyon and its icefall was incredible. I would highly recommend buying YakTrax (the Run style, which has spikes and chains) and... More 

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Atoka, Tennessee
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178 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went over Christmas time here. Was a great place to spend half a day doing some hikes and enjoying the views. On a warmer day it would have been even better with a picnic and longer hikes but even on a cold day it was fun. Saw a ship going through the river locks which was nice. Definitely worth the... More 

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Thank Patrick P
Kampala, Uganda
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a real blessing to our whole area! The hike is a challenge for a lot of people but it is well worth the effort.

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Thank Joy K
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit and hike or take pics lots of wildlife in the area. Canyons and water falls. Fishing in the river and don't miss the guided tour!

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Thank 1_T_Scot
Peru, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove over 4 hours to day hike and the kids loved every minute of it. It is well worth the trip. The trails were well marked and it is easy to get to. There are a lot of steps to get to some of the best places. There were turkey, squirrels, chipmunks, a lot of birds, and plenty of... More 

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Thank Brice H
Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Starved rock is a great spot for a hike. There are numerous trails, many have stairs, boardwalks and concrete paths (along the river). Others have inclines, lots of stairs and long treks into caverns with amazing waterfalls. This is a place to visit in all seasons. Often crowded, but slightly inclement weather can mean fewer people. Worth the drive for... More 

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Morton Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in fall. A lot of canyons and overlooks. If you're not up to hiking each and every one as they may look and feel the same, detailed description of what you may see and the degree of difficulty can be found in their website. We went to two overlooks and two canyons. We liked the council overhang the most!... More 

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Pekin, Illinois
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful and easy to hike. Must like stairs lol. Can't say enough...hiking more today and will be back for sure.

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Thank Autumnd7
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Have hiked in all seasons and it's always fun. Bring knee high muck boots if it's been wet and you can still make it to all the falls. Rain or shine or frozen this is a great place if your family enjoys a hike.

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