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Address: 1365 W Castle Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9577
Phone Number: 815-732-7329
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Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no...

Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no camping.

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Scenic overlook of Rock River

Castle Rock State Park has trails and hiking areas but the best place at Castle Rock is the view from the rock itself. Climb the flights of stairs to the top of the sandstone... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
stranclan2zam
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Oregon, Illinois

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Oregon, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Castle Rock State Park has trails and hiking areas but the best place at Castle Rock is the view from the rock itself. Climb the flights of stairs to the top of the sandstone outcropping overlooking the Rock River. Especially beautiful in the autumn, one can look north and south along the winding Rock River. Across from the overlook is... More 

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The park is beautiful with great trails to walk through. Then when you are done hiking btake a drive down the road a little towards Dixon and to your right is a place to climb some stairs. When you get to the top it is some of the most beautiful views you have ever seen. It is highly recommended to... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easily found on route 2, this is a lovely place to view wildlife and have a picnic. There's a stair step climb to a delightful over the river view---we watched canoeists and kayaks paddle down the Rock River. You can also fish from one of the pull ins. Loved the BIG JOHN port-a-potty with the old outhouse doors.

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

First visit. Went on the 1.25 mile "nature hike" and saw virtually no one else. And this was on the 4th of July weekend. No guide brochures to the trail, unfortunately, but I suspect this was due to budgetary reasons. Saw a young eagle later, soaring above the Rock River. We will go back and check out more trails.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This is a nice place to visit especially in the fall to view the nice views of the river with all the leaves changing color. There are a few steps to climb up to the top of castle rock itself so it can be difficult for some people. Also nice place to stop and have a picnic. I haven't personal... More 

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Grayslake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

I love all parks but this one is on the small side and is pretty average.There is limited hiking. The highlights are the fact that it is adjacent to the river and a cool staircase to a platform high off of the ground and overlooking the river. The park provides access to the river and there is fishing from the... More 

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Mansfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

Fairly easy but nice hike up to the top of the rocks with an amazing view. It is so neat up at the top! We went on a kind of chilly, misty day -- and it was still very cool. It's worth the stop!

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Oregon, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

Fun little park. Great place to put in or take out kayaks. If you climb the stairs make sure you look under each step. You may find a nest with baby birds in it. Not recommend for dogs or cats. Was told by the local vet that lyme disease is really bad in this area. Well worth a visit just... More 

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Belvidere, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

My boyfriend and I went in January after a fresh snowfall and the view was so beautiful. The stairs were a little icy so we had to be extra cautious but was worth the hike to see that view. We will be going back for sure.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Well kept park with a good visitors center, large resort, and many miles of trails. We were lucky to see a pair of bald eagles fly onto a tree on a small island in the river as we were at the top of a trail.

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