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A scenic view of the Rock River

State parks are a treasure that should never be taken from the public. Fortunately, after being... read more

Reviewed November 24, 2018
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
Nice River views !

While on a recent Fall day trip to Northwest Illinois State Parks, we visited Castle Rock State... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
Daniel M
Plainfield, United States
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Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no camping.
1365 W Castle Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9577
+1 815-732-7329
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Reviewed November 24, 2018

State parks are a treasure that should never be taken from the public. Fortunately, after being closed for a few months due to budget cuts made by the disgraced former governor, Rod Blagojevich, Castle Rock State Park and 10 other state parks were reopened by...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

While on a recent Fall day trip to Northwest Illinois State Parks, we visited Castle Rock State Park. Unfortunately for us and we realize only temporary, but the road leading to the park areas was under construction (re-paving) so it was somewhat difficult to navigate...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Daniel M
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

The drop in here is perfect. It has an outhouse bathroom, water fountain and ample paved parking. We caught an amazing amount of fish. Well worth the $14 fishing license purchased at Ace Hardware.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

We put in up the Kite river and pulled out at castle rock. This is a cool little park. Not a place I'd take dogs. Something about lime disease sampling in that area. Great place to bird watch though.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 5, 2017

No dramatic cliffs, canyons, or waterfalls here. Just sublime beauty and wonderful trails. I have been hiking here for 20 years. This year is the most dense growth I have ever seen. Hiking yesterday, the birds echoes from the heavy growth made it sound like...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Spent some family time here over our Fourth of July vacation. Took our nieces and nephews for a little outdoor time. Grounds were well kept and the view from the deck on top was very nice. We didn't try the fishing out but looked like...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed June 16, 2017

Castle Rock State Park Overlook had a more of a learning lesson to me than just the attraction itself. It is smart to prepare for a foundation for the future step by step so when you reach the top of Castle State Park Overlook, your...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Scott W
Reviewed June 6, 2017

I was looking for a new place to visit and hike. Castle Rock State Park was a pleasant surprise. I had stayed at the Paddle Wheel a few years ago with a friend and didn't have time to visit. With all the recent rains, the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank empress5
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Used the boat launch to access Rock river. Easily accessible and beautiful area. Looking forward to bringing the kayak out next visit!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Peanutprettybird
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

If the kids are driving you crazy on your drive, stop here and let them run up and down the stairs a few times. This hard climb gets you to the top of a small outcrop of sandstone where you can look northward up the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Tim M
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Response from Scott W | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend going camping at Lowden State Park, which is only a 1/4 mile away from town. It's a nice campground, with a concession, cabins, showers, and a walking distance to see the new Blackhawk Statue. You would... More