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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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Be surde to bring your hiking shoes and a bottle of water

The hike to the top has been greatly improved with the addition of many flights of stairs. However, the benches along the way sure come in handy. The top vistas are swell worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Indio, California
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georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had heard about this park many years ago but had never visited. So on our road trip I thought it was about time. Our first stop was at the visitor center where there is a small museum. There is also a selection of videos to view in the theater on request. The visitor center also has a small snack... More 

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The hike to the top has been greatly improved with the addition of many flights of stairs. However, the benches along the way sure come in handy. The top vistas are swell worth the trip up to the top. The displays in the visitor center are very informative.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Major trails were paved. Beautiful water falls. It wasn't crowded in the early morning but by mid-morning there were a lot of people coming in.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed the park. The history around it was great to see and read in the visitors center. Be warned, there are alot of steps along the trails but the views make them worthwhile. Our stay wasn't along one, we were on motorcycle and it looked like rain but we would have hiked longer.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great stop about half way on our journey. We got out and walked quite a bit. They are redoing the roads Sept., 2016. We went up to Starved Rock. There were even people hiking up to it with canes. It is a really neat view. It looked like they had twelve canyons. Our son and grandson come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an awesome time with my fiancé and our friends here. The bar is small but we'll serviced, the trails are very well maintained, and the scenery captivating. Hope to go back many many more times!!!

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Grandville, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the day at Starved Rock State Park hiking the many park trails and enjoying the sites. You can easily spend a half to full day here. Along the trails, you will find beautiful vistas of the Illinois River and also fun places to climb in the canyons. Just a great place for families or couples to enjoy being... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Water fall is Awesome had great trails enjoyed the day. Kids had a blast. Worth the time. Would do again

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls make this a great place to spend a couple of days. Stay at the lodge to enjoy the park into the evening and have a good dinner in the dining room.

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Burlington, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A couple tips when visiting Starved Rock State Park/Lodge: #1 there are a LOT of stairs outside for getting to the trails/on the trails- so just be prepared! If you have younger kids; strollers most likely won't do well on the trails... we used a baby carrier for our 6 month old, I can't imagine trying to bring a stroller... More 

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