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Starved Rock State Park

Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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We just had 4 days of wonderful camping. Great spot and in the one pic there are turkeys walking... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Sharon R
via mobile
Neat Lodge, Beautiful Scenery

We took a Maycation the day after Mom's Day. It was euphoric. The lodge was cool and rustic and... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Jackson P
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We just had 4 days of wonderful camping. Great spot and in the one pic there are turkeys walking the trail next to our spot. Rodney was a big help and the camping host too! We will be back next month. Enjoy!

1  Thank Sharon R
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We took a Maycation the day after Mom's Day. It was euphoric. The lodge was cool and rustic and the scenery jaw dropping. Went to the French Canyon. I'd recommend that you not take children on that trail- 60 foot cliffs. (I certainly didn't). We...More

Thank Jackson P
Reviewed 17 August 2016

It's been supposed to be a major stay for us. We arrived around 1 pm and there were not too many cars at the main parking lot on a week-day. We went to the visitor center to grab a map as we wanted to see...More

1  Thank all_the_places
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Great to get away from the city and see nature but can become very crowded which kind of defeats the point of getting away from city life in the first place but it can still be relaxing my only complaint besides the crowds is that...More

Thank happyadventure_mom
Reviewed 15 August 2016

The areas we hiked to were very interesting and scenic, but the day was not worth the crowds. Parking was packed at the Visitors Center, Lodge and Overflow a half mile away. Took almost 30 minutes to find a place to park. I will try...More

2  Thank Mike C
Reviewed 13 August 2016

The drive in and out were exceptional. However the weekend was packed parking difficult and I had my granddaughter who was in a wheelchair. Getting around was difficult even by the lodge. Gift shops were so small could not easily maneuver around. The views were...More

Thank JoElla D
Reviewed 13 August 2016

If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing hike then this is not the park for you. A lot of people and children are talking and laughing on the trails. We did enjoy the views and the hike but, we are more of the kind...More

Thank Deb B
Reviewed 12 August 2016

I have been to Starved Rock many times since it is so close to Chicago, but my husband and I were able to introduce it to our two nieces last week, who had never been hiking before. They really enjoyed it, but were surprised by...More

1  Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Our family of grammar school-aged kids finally found a place to be adventurous without a huge amount of risk. Starved Rock had trails to lead us exactly where we wanted to be. Planked and cemented paths seemed artificial but provided the footing that made me...More

Thank btwind7
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have stayed here several times and really enjoyed it. The is an upper loop that is great for RV'S; nice flat spots with plenty of room between campsites for the dogs to be comfortable. Quiet, no frills, electric only... but the...More

Thank Jan B
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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!
Jagruti B
9 January 2018|
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Response from Chuck W | Reviewed this property |
We're in our 70s and found most of the hikes fine in the fall. The one from the lodge to the Visitors' Center was a little too uphill. We didn't take the guided hike. If the trail begins to look strenuous or slippery, you... More
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.