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Starved Rock State Park

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Address: Utica, IL 61373
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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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Gorgeous hiking, novice to advanced, many paths are boardwalk

We hiked the park on a beautiful Monday in May. We were surprised at the amount of people also at the park that day. We did not hit ALL the trails or go the entire distance, but... read more

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Rockford, IL
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We hiked the park on a beautiful Monday in May. We were surprised at the amount of people also at the park that day. We did not hit ALL the trails or go the entire distance, but what we experienced was a lot of trails with boardwalk style paving vs. the packed down dirt of a more natural trail. I... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like hiking this is a great place. It has over 12 miles of trails and a very nice visitor center. Just be prepared. We were prepared for the current weather, but we did not take in to account the rain from earlier days thus not prepared for the mud. Dogs are welcome too just have to be curtious... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

i really thought it was a great place to visit....the visting center a very nice play where you could be momentos...and other things...they had plenty of places where you could eat outside if you wanted..

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit. We were disappointed by the trolleybus tour which drove us outside of the park to the adjacent lock for 10 minutes and then left us at a dingy tourist shop area in the next town for half an hour. And we paid for that! The trolly tour gets a big fat 0. Avoid.

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Celina, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I came here for a conference, and one of the activities was a hike to the lookout and to the falls. I'm so glad I did it, because the views are breathtaking, and the falls are so cool to take in.

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Hanna City, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Due to flooding issues parking was a nightmare. Lots of people met maximum capacity by noon both days. Lots of stairs and inclines. Took 8 hours to see everything, had to rest lots of walking and stairs. Beautiful views and waterfalls were full due to rain.

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Thank R9386DVamandam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a hikers paradise in the state of Illinois. What I liked in particular was the instant gratification part. You walk just a fraction of a mile in a direction and you are guaranteed to be awed by spectacular canyons. Before you say it, I have been to Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands and the mighty Grand Canyon and they... More 

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Fairhope, Alabama
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were visiting the area and discovered the park and its hiking trails. The canyons, waterfalls, overlooks, flowers, and streams are beautiful! Lots of rain filled the waterfalls to a full view. Trails are marked and some local history is also noted. There are parking lots here and there, so you can park, look in that area,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like to take long walks and are into nature, then you will like this place. If you like to visit wine tasting areas, then this is a place for you. If you like to hit ice cream shops or fudge shops, this is a place for you. If you like hitting clubs and city life, this is not... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Starved Rock in early May and had a wonderful time hiking on the trails and then relaxing at the lounge in the lodge. Very nice scenery.

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