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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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Beautiful Park

My wife, 14 year old son and I stayed at the park for 1 day on a Saturday and then camped over night. The campsite was well maintained and very large. There was a fire ring with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bonz11
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Lockport, Illinois
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Lockport, Illinois
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife, 14 year old son and I stayed at the park for 1 day on a Saturday and then camped over night. The campsite was well maintained and very large. There was a fire ring with a grate and a picnick table, I think that's standard. We stayed at site 49. The bathroom was close by and clean. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought the park was ok. Camping was an average camp site. You are right next to the person next to you and for us, that meant right next to a really large and loud group. The trails are good for a walk and day trip. Nothing to do or see that would take more than a few hours.

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Thank tothesea4
Mason City, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Bryan O
Chicago, Illinois
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83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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Thank karthik313
Loves Park, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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2 Thank douggie85 .
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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2 Thank mrbutz1
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43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Bellemaman29
Gurnee, Illinois
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197 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
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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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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