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Castle Rock State Park

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Great place for a first fishing trip

The drop in here is perfect. It has an outhouse bathroom, water fountain and ample paved parking... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Arlington, Texas
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Kayak trip

We put in up the Kite river and pulled out at castle rock. This is a cool little park. Not a place... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2017
Oregon, Illinois
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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 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.

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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.

2  Thank kdk9
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

1  Thank bso54
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

1  Thank Brian G
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

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

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!

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

Thank Tim M
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Stairs provide a convenient access (about 10 minutes) all on stairs to the Scenic Overlook of the Rock River. There are about seven other trails on the other side of Highway 2 which follows the West side of the river.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed February 14, 2017

The lookout is amazing and well worth the trek up the stairs. You can stop along the way and rest if needed but you won't be mad when you get to the top. Great views and photo opportunities! The entire area has great parks for...More

Thank gina208
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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