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Buffalo Rock State Park

1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
+1 815-433-2224
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Spectacular views few people

Not large crowds, easy to get to, beautiful views. Similar to Starved Rock, parking was good. Spent... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Hanna City, Illinois
Off the Beaten Path

My wife and I went here on an unseasonably warm February Sunday because nearby Starved Rock was... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Stephen R
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“picnic area” (5 reviews)
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1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
+1 815-433-2224
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Not large crowds, easy to get to, beautiful views. Similar to Starved Rock, parking was good. Spent 3 hours here.

Thank R9386DVamandam
Reviewed 25 February 2017

My wife and I went here on an unseasonably warm February Sunday because nearby Starved Rock was packed to the gills with hikers. We found beautiful scenery, well-marked paths, and a chance to spend time out without constantly dodging other people. This park may not...More

2  Thank Stephen R
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We went for a short hike on a warm day in February. It was mostly grassland with the mounds here and there. Be prepared to figure out how the mounds represent the creatures. A little artistic license here. The views of the river were very...More

Thank UP-Paddler
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Good place to visit. Trails, good outdoor activity and natural ravines and waterfalls. Would reccomend with Starved rock close by.

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Saw the bison/hiked trail. Trail = good. Did not like that hunters could be around where you are hiking. Nice views. And it's free. Was difficult to get to because primary way to get there was closed. All in all though very nice.

Thank HoosierHank
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenic trails of the Illinois river and sand pits......nice walking trails for the adventure or families.....dogs are welcome too

Thank JodieC25
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The paths were very pretty at this park and we enjoyed watching the buffalo. Nice place to stop with the family.

Thank Shelli P
Reviewed 17 October 2016

A smaller park than some of the other local parks but, having said that, there is plenty of room for a softball game and a great place to enjoy a picnic.

Thank Robert A
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We go here often. Less crowded than Starved Rock, but excellent trails to be had. The bison here (two) are a sight to visit. We love the main shelter for picnic gathering. Try this park. You won't regret it!

Thank Phyllis N
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We stopped here during our stay at Starved Rock; it's a short drive east on the north side of the river. There's a view of the river, two bison and a wonderful old oak tree. A nice change from the crowds at Starved Rock

Thank sl0tta
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