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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 only need a camping tent, sleeping bag, creature comforts etc. You would have to rent a kayak or canoe and I would recommend these two sources that have a lot of options at reasonable rates. I hope this helps you out.
1: Eagle Bluff Outfitters 1-815-263-4088
2.White Pelican Incorporated 1-815-263-4088