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Starved Rock State Park

Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Fall Colors at their best

So many canyons to hike, so many painted tress to photograph, it cant all be taken in in just one... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Port-A-Fan
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Very nice views and a little history to learn

The park is located alongside Illinois River so you can walk beside the river with nice views of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alan-Yiliang C
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (103 reviews)
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Utica, IL 61373
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So many canyons to hike, so many painted tress to photograph, it cant all be taken in in just one fall weekend. After your hike, be sure to stop on at the lodge to warm up at the fireplace and have a glass of wine...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park is located alongside Illinois River so you can walk beside the river with nice views of the woods and the river. At the visitor center, you may learn a little history of the area and get to know how the name of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While our visit was on a blustery, grey and flurry-spiked April Thursday, it seems obvious to me that there would be a great experience here in any season... It reminded me of another Illinois CCC-built facility further south on the Illinois River (Pere Marquette State...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a well maintained and pretty park. There are several good hiking trails and several cool landmarks to look at. Don't leave without checking out the waterfall

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This park was amazing, beautiful sights and there is park rangers all over to ensure a safe time! 10/10 would come back!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ranger suggested a 4 mile canyon loop that was a great hike. There are several sections that involve climbing stairs. The trails are well marked.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the day at Starved Rock in late March, hoping to see eagles and waterfalls. We had a great day and here is my usual, balanced review together with top tips for future travelers. Here's what we liked: Parking is easy (see my top...More

1  Thank AlisonJCowan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place can be covered entirely if you spend all day beginning early morning on trails.A stroller can be pushed just for the beginning portion and then be left by the stairs..Dogs on leash allowed, and as long as your knees are ok anyone can...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good lookout points overlooking a dam and bluffs. Hiking trails are nice but lots of steps. Worth it to be able to walk around the canyons!

Thank Jon K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great walking trails, kids ages 7-10 had no problem. We saw waterfalls at the French and Wildcat Canyons, very pretty!

Thank Valerie T
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Scott D
5 April 2018|
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Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Park open daylight hours year round no seasonal closures except areas in Illinois Canyon open to hunting in fall Lodge. campgrounds, cabins 24/7 Large park w/ 16 total canyons to explore. Also in the area check out the... More
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Soupermomof2
31 January 2018|
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Response from perryandashley | Reviewed this property |
St. Louis canyon has the best waterfall and is a shorter trail than the others. Matthiessen State park isn’t far and has some really cool ice/rock formations and is usually less crowded than starved rock. As far as other... More
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bangkoksteve
13 January 2018|
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Response from mf122014 | Reviewed this property |
We were up on the lookout and saw them by the river!
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