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Too icy this weekend

It was too icy to safely hike much this weekend but I can’t wait to come back again. I want to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Paula B
Valparaiso, Indiana
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I love this place

This place is absolutely very beautiful to me, i woud come and camp more here. I have been here... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this scenic park offers many hiking and horseback riding trails plus fishing and boating along the banks of the Illinois River.
2668 E 875th Rd, Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was too icy to safely hike much this weekend but I can’t wait to come back again. I want to experience Starved Rock State Park in every season.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Paula B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overnight stay in hotel queen room. Large room. Bathroom ok. Sink and vanity outside of bathroom in entry way. Room was kind of dark. Tv was not HD, a deal breaker for me. Adjoining door and hall door had gaps you could see thru at...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank William S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is absolutely very beautiful to me, i woud come and camp more here. I have been here more than ten times i believe

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CostaConcordia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful scenery and the walking terrain is pretty nice. It can get muddy though in the canyons during certain times a year. There are a few challenging climbs but nothing too hard. Watch out for poison ivy however, it is along the trail side.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WitkowskyWorld
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the time to stop and see this park , the lodge shows a old time structure and the sunday brunch is great . If you have the time downtown Utica is good to visit as well

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank daviestreator
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met family here to celebrate Thanksgiving. Beautiful surrounds, rustic lodge and rooms. Pool was great for the kids. Restaurant was rustic and had good food, but though a little pricey. $13 for basic fried chicken...….. Cheapest thing on the menu.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tbunga
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Always a great brunch followed by a trolley tour lead by an awesome guide! Reservation suggested and bring your camera!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bacovelli
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Great place to visit just very busy on the weekends. The walking paths are very nice and clean. I would highly recommend a visit during the weekday.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank joegus11
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

This place is beautiful! We visited here on a snowy, windy Saturday. The place was still packed! I recommend walking into the canyon and viewing the waterfall (it was frozen during my visit).

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Izzo B
Reviewed December 30, 2018

We happened to visit Starved Rock on our way to see family in Chicago for the holidays. We were even more lucky to visit just after after a fresh snowfall! Our first stop was the visitor center which was delightful. The educational value was outstanding...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 2, 2018|
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Response from lmeckfess | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but it will be minimal. The lodge sits up on a bluff and the view is beautiful. You could do lunch and walk around the property...plenty of trees and scenery. The trails mostly are paved, but have lots of stairs. I... More
October 13, 2018|
Response from photoguywisconsin | Reviewed this property |
Fall color is definitely happening. Although I would call Starved Rock for more details. Fall colors change quickly. Phone number for Starved Rock is 815-667-4726.
October 10, 2018|
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Response from shaunbJ6599DQ | Reviewed this property |
We did 2 trails in gym shoes and were just fine. I would make sure the tread on the shoes are on good condition. Most of the trails are paved well and climbing is mainly done on stairs.
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San Francisco
Starved Rock Lodge, Lodge Room or Hotel Wing (1 Reply)
I called to make reservations at Starved Rock State Park Lodge in in Utica IL, and was asked if I wanted a lodge room or hotel wing room. I asked what the difference was and the reservationist couldn't tell me. Any ideas?
August 05, 2014|
Cheryl W
Lakeville, Indiana
Starved Rock State Park Hiking Trails?? (3 Replies)
Hi!! Can anyone tell me about the hiking trails? Are there ledges or is it gently rolling terrain? How bad is the poison ivy? Are there any really great trails of about 3 miles in length?
May 21, 2007|
Response fromcpfoutz|
If you stay within a 3 mile hike you'll have no problems with rough terrain...the biggest problem you will have is lots of stairs at the beginning. Most of the paths within a mile or two of the entrance consist of boardwalks. as you get deeper in, the trails are more natural and rustic, but still well worn and not very tough. You don't mention what your limitation is, but I don't see any limiting factors in the park outside of lots of uphill walking/stairclimbing, but none of the inclines...More
Brayton L
Columbus, Ohio
Starved Rock by car? (2 Replies)
We will be going up I-39 from Champaign to Wisconsin in July and thought about driving around Starved Rock State Park. I see that a lot of the cool overlook areas are on trails. Can you see much without going hiking? We won't really have time to do any hiking. Plus it will be hot and we'll be 2 hours into a 5 hour drive.
July 03, 2012|
Response fromReagansmom13|
You'll have to get out of your car. Most overlooks are a short walk from parking. Just so you know, I-39 goes north out of Bloomington/Normal, not Champaign. Enjoy your trip!