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Starved Rock State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Utica
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Illinois City, Illinois
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64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

We went in the October. The colors were amazing!! Staff knowledgable and neat exhibits and info in the museum. Nice hiking, great photo opportunities, and a learning experience for the kids (and the adults). Very impressed!

Visited October 2012
Thank christine v
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Normal, Illinois
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“always a pleasure”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

for weddings, just getting away for the day or the weekend. AMAZING workout and views. definitely go for weekend brunch.

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Castellon spain
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place to run or to enjoy the nature”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

I dont know so many places in Illinois. But anyway Im sure that its one of the greatest places to walk or to go to run. Great trails with marvelous leaf colors, nice corners, big trees, diferents floors...all were so good. You have a lot of miles to go up and down. Its good for beginers in trail running. Be careful in so many places, it can be dangerous, more if its rainning or wet. For runners or walkers look your steps, there so many roots in the trail.
The visitor center is normal, you have so many information that could be interesting. You have maps there but it isnt really necessary because you have indications in all the park.
Parking: You have so many place to park.
Others: I recomend to go after or before to have breakfast in Utica downtown. There are a small great place where you can eat a very american breakfast with coffe and pancakes. For american people is common but for a foreign is so exiting!!! You feel yourself like in a film!
To have lunch I would prefer to go anywhere before to have lunch in the park. I didnt try it, its a feeling.

Visited October 2012
Thank RutaCastellonspain
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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155 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“wonderful fall leaf peeping”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

My husband, 2 daughters ages 7 and 9 and I went for a wonderful fall adventure at Starved Rock State Park. We enjoyed it so much we already made reservations at the lodge for NEXT year for Columbus day weekend. Yes, I said next year. The lodge sells out a year in advance at the lodge for Columbus day weekend due to beautiful fall colors and a local Utica tradition called the Burgoo Festival. We were really impressed with the paved trails and the stairs that were put in place in steep areas making it easier for my younger girls to enjoy the park. Unfortunately, it would be virtually impossible for a stroller or wheelchair to maneuver the trails due to the stairs. We can't wait to go back next year!

Visited October 2012
Thank Heather E
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Moline, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great State Park”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Beautiful, big, scenic; food and drink are great at the Lodge. Lots to do. reservations at the lodge are sold ut very far in advance.

Visited October 2012
Thank StevenT6
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