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“I love the Apple River running through it” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Apple River Canyon State Park

Apple River Canyon State Park
8763 E. Canyon Road, Apple River, IL 61001
815-745-3302
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.
Freeport, Illinois
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“I love the Apple River running through it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Great little river running through it. In some places it looks like it is only knee high. super clear. Wonderful trails. I found a story board on how the area was developed and found that it was a town at one time that was wiped out by a flood. Very interesting story. Worth searching out the story board.

Visited August 2012
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Mt Carroll, Il
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“Wonderful views, great trails”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Grab a bike and go, don't forget your camera. And nearby is the Cove Restaurant, at the lake, a wonderful restaurant. But make sure to call ahead for the restaurant, only open seasonally. Look for the rocks overhanging the streams and the waterfalls.

Visited October 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Beautiful location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We spent a couple of hours here on a beautiful fall day. The park is very pretty with canyons and vegetation, lots of different types of birds. We drove around the entire park first, never saw anyone who worked there but we stopped by the office (closed) and got a trail map. What is it with Illinois State Parks and their trail maps? They are the WORST. The trail we went on was completely unmarked except for a sign at the trail head. We are experienced hikers and it was very difficult to tell where the trail was at times (lots of leaves on the ground and no markings AT ALL). We were on what we thought was the trail for quite awhile before we figured out it wasn't part of the official trail and had to back track. So.....really nice but be aware that trails are not clearly marked and there are not really any descriptions of them either.

Visited October 2012
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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is the place to be in the fall. GORGEOUS!! We used to let our dogs swim in the river and dive for rocks. Nice area, year round.

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Chicago, IL
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“Dave is great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We met Dave, the official camp site manager, when we first arrived and he was just great! Dave filled us in on everything these first time visitors needed to know, was really super helpful, and was just a great ambassador for the park. We visited with him several times for more advice, back road directions (Stagecoach Road is the best route to town!), and just to chat. What a great guy - he helped make our camping visit a real pleasure. Thanks, Dave!

Visited July 2012
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