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Apple River Canyon State Park

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Address: 8763 E Canyon Rd, Apple River, IL 61001-9555
Phone Number: 815-745-3302
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A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.

A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.

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Apple River Canyon Stste Park

This is a good park. Not too big or too small. There are four small hiking paths that are just right for the young or old. There are many great views from all the paths

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2016
Teril56
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Loves Park, Illinois
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Mason City, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been our a few times to run the trails and they are great - challenging enough to get a good workout but also short enough that you don't have to worry about getting lost! Great little place to get away from it all!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Love this state park. Very near to Chicago area and is a perfect place to do a day trip with friends and family. We go to this park every year to welcome summer. The river route, tower, prime rose trails are our favorites.

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Loves Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This is a good park. Not too big or too small. There are four small hiking paths that are just right for the young or old. There are many great views from all the paths

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Thank Teril56
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

My wife and I (both 30) hiked 3 different trails here. They were great short hikes on trails. Each one was rated differently from easy to difficult. In all honesty they were all pretty easy trails. If you are in moderate shape from taking daily walks you will be fine. The park was beautiful with the river and canyon. River... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Apple River Canyon state park was all it was promised to be. Clean, nice car camping sites, clean bathrooms, drinking water. Trails well maintained and marked (actually could do a bit better on marking the trails I guess), beautiful vistas, good fishing for trout (though we only had bites they were there for the taking!). My 11 year old son... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We went on a nice late September Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed the peaceful, woodsy trails. However, we took one trail (Primrose) that left us with the choice of either turning back (retrace steps) near the end or cross the river at a shallow point, but without enough river rocks poking out to avoid plunging feet in. There was also... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Decided to check this park out over Memorial Day weekend. We left the hotel early in the morning and were at the main parking lot just after 8:00. We decided to check out the various trails - the park brochure says they average about 1.5 miles, and that seems long after doing them (we did all five in a few... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Float..enjoy the hot sun and cool water... Enjoy the scenery and wildlife as you float Share and enjoy the time with family and friends

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Dakota, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I have written 2 reviews for Apple River Canyon already, one about 2 years ago and another close to 6 years ago. Both the reviews have been a little different and I’ve realized that over the years the park has gone through some changes that wax and wane from what my husband and I are looking for in a camping... More 

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Juda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This park has several different trails that vary in length and "level of intensity". I recommend taking the trail by the bathrooms and the trail next to the little building near the river across from the bathrooms. These trails are offer nice views and plenty of bird sightings with the occasional wild turkey crossing your path. If you go during... More 

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