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Starved Rock State Park

Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Nice hiking trails; tons of steps on many

Trails were well maintained and peaceful. Was disappointed there were no waterfalls due to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, IL
Nice views

This is a great place to take a walk/hike in the fall. The views are great. The visitor center... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JoAnn A
Muscatine, Iowa
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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.
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Utica, IL 61373
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trails were well maintained and peaceful. Was disappointed there were no waterfalls due to the drought. Some trails were 50-60% steps. The maps did show some step areas, but does not convey the amount of them, nor did the staff mention this. Some areas had...More

Thank ccjdw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to take a walk/hike in the fall. The views are great. The visitor center has a lot of information and my grandkids loved looking at everything. There is a restaurant and gift shop on the grounds.

Thank JoAnn A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you don't mind a lot of stairs this is a terrific hiking park. Several canyons and waterfalls. Beautiful and clean.

Thank Pam D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park was very nice to visit. I took the tram ride in the afternoon when I arrived. Not sure that was worth it, though the tour guide was excellent and it wasn't that expensive. I thought we would see more of the park. Went...More

Thank jkphawk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a family outing destination....beautiful river view.....forest walk....a small water fall to make it excellent for kids to play. The place is good for a day trip with family.

Thank Rohan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful visitor center with excellent helpful staff. Great views of the Illinois River. Trolley tours.

Thank Darrell D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have lived in chicago for 60+ years and never made it here - what a tragedy. Great place - definitely worth a visit. Stay at the lodge for a vintage experience.

Thank Joette B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I walked one of the trails yesterday. A beautiful fall day. Starved Rock has many trails so depending on the amount of time, you can hike for hours. The path we hiked had great wooden railings. There are many stairs sprinkled along...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's always something to enjoy at Starved Rock State Park, beginning in the coldest part of winter when the eagles return. The best time to come then is during the annual Bald Eagle Festival at the end of January -- if the river has frozen....More

Thank rodietraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful stop to do some short hiking. We went during the drought and even without the waterfalls it was breathtaking. Trails are well marked and trodden. Lots of stairs and boardwalks along with dirt trails. Staff was helpful at the visitor center....More

Thank herd_of_5
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Bonnie L
14 October 2017|
Response from William M | Reviewed this property |
I would say no. I have never heard of anyone dog sledding in this area. They cross country ski at Mathieson so maybe a call to the Park Ranger.
11 October 2017|
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Response from beentheredonethatia | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Saw lots of dogs last weekend. Campground books up way in advance of Fall color weekends.....
4 October 2017|
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Response from trueindigo | Reviewed this property |
I'd also recommend Matthiesen for the size. You will be able to take a shorter walk and still see nice canyons. You probably won't be able to do much with a stroller at any of the parks, so I'd just enjoy the smaller place.