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Castle Rock State Park

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Address: 1365 W. Castle Road, Oregon, IL 61061
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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Away from the madding crowds

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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 

Thank Derek S
Grayslake, Illinois
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241 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 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 

Thank Bill S
Mansfield, Illinois
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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!

Thank catshea
Oregon, Illinois
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91 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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 

1 Thank kdk9
Belvidere, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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.

Thank Aleasha R
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214 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 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.

Thank Mindyopp
Woodstock, Illinois
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

This was a nice change of pace. We spend so much time at Rock Cut State Park, this was only an hour drive. Beautiful area, went to see some fall colors. Did both north and south trails along with a picnic. Kids even enjoyed it. It's nice to visit someplace new for the day.

Thank Jamie M
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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260 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We just did a quick drive through the park. Ample picnic tables and grills. Gorgeous views of prarie fields.

Thank Heidi-ready-2-travel
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53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

The feature that is worth mentioning about this park is the easy to navigate, short trails. The two we walked were well marked and were in a loop. So, you came out right where you went in. I like this bc you knew exactly what you were getting into upon embarking on the trails. As far as scenery, nothing special.... More 

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