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Castle Rock State Park

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Address: 1365 W Castle Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9577
Phone Number: 815-732-7329

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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Worth the climb.

It is a little climb up several stairs to the top of Castle Rock however the view at the peak is breathtaking. Especially in the fall.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago

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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a little climb up several stairs to the top of Castle Rock however the view at the peak is breathtaking. Especially in the fall.

Thank MsDMan
Elgin, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We spent a beautiful sunny day exploring some of the trails available as well as the climb up stairs to a wonderful view of the rock river and surrounding area. Trails are somewhat marked, can be a bit confusing. Saw people Fishing and relaxing along the river, as well as a few boats. Would recommend to anyone who loves the... More 

Thank Sjssz
Oregon, Illinois
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

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 

Thank stranclan2zam
Monroe, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 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 

Thank ernhkn
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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122 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 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.

Thank Calmac3
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Fossilexpress
Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Derek S
Grayslake, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Bill S
Mansfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank catshea
Oregon, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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