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Starved Rock State Park

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Address: Utica, IL 61373
Phone Number: 815-667-4726
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Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this...

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.

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Shockingly beautiful

Who would expect to find such a beautiful state park in the middle of nowhere Illinois! The visitor center was informative and clean, and all the trails and signs were well kept... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Emma W
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Who would expect to find such a beautiful state park in the middle of nowhere Illinois! The visitor center was informative and clean, and all the trails and signs were well kept up and easy to follow. The views of the Illinois river were stunning. Great little detour from our road trip on I-80!

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Litchfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited here July 4th (do not recommend for that day - way too crowded). Without the crowds this area has a lot to offer. It has a swimming area and lots of hiking trails that take you to overlooks and canyons.We we able to walk down into the canyons - there was low water so the water fall area was... More 

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Moline, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I enjoy exploring state and national parks - but this was the first one that I saw so littered. I was very disappointed. The crowds were overwhelming, and unfortunately a lot of the people were rude and disrespectful to other hikers and the scenery. The rules are there for a reason; however, people are climbing and littering. We were able... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

immaculately clean park. well marked trails. points of interest well documented however much of the signage is weather worn & difficult to read if you're so inclined. overall an outstanding morning of hiking

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice place to visit and lots of history. Come prepared to hike and see the wonders of nature- besides the Starved Rock (limestone outcropping and cliff) there are waterfalls and canyons to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with my infant son. There are difficult trails and easy ones. Whichever you prefer. There's a nice visitors center and many trails that would be stroller accessible.

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Highland Lake County, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful trails! Canyons are gorgeous! The Trails are not for leisurely strolls. Lots of stairs and steep drop off on most trails.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just had 4 days of wonderful camping. Great spot and in the one pic there are turkeys walking the trail next to our spot. Rodney was a big help and the camping host too! We will be back next month. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a Maycation the day after Mom's Day. It was euphoric. The lodge was cool and rustic and the scenery jaw dropping. Went to the French Canyon. I'd recommend that you not take children on that trail- 60 foot cliffs. (I certainly didn't). We loved every minute of it. Oh yeah- and we didn't see any ghosts!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been supposed to be a major stay for us. We arrived around 1 pm and there were not too many cars at the main parking lot on a week-day. We went to the visitor center to grab a map as we wanted to see some of the waterfalls. The trails are well marked and the distances are easy to... More 

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