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Address: 1411 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9450
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Best known as home to the statue "Eternal Indian," this park is...

Best known as home to the statue "Eternal Indian," this park is set on high bluffs along the Rock River.

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Take the stairs below the statue

Just do it. Your legs will hate you afterwards but you won't regret it! There are benches up and down the entire way so you can rest whenever you need to.

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Roscoe, Illinois
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I saw the statue from the other side of the river (in Oregon), I thought they might have painted the statue. But it has a new dark plastic wrap while it awaits funding from the deadlocked government of Illinois.

Thank Robert W
Roscoe, Illinois
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49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Just do it. Your legs will hate you afterwards but you won't regret it! There are benches up and down the entire way so you can rest whenever you need to.

1 Thank gina208
Deerwood, Minnesota
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great state park. Is one of the smaller state parks in IL, but has a beautiful setting along the Rock River. Trails to hike down to the river and a great overlook to view the Rock River Valley. The statue honoring the American Native Indian BlackHawk is also located in this park. Presently under repair, but still worth checking it... More 

1 Thank tbunga
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 January 2017

If you are in the Oregon Illinois area then Lowden State Park is a MUST stop and visit kinda place. Blackhawk Statue is amazing and the view over looking the river from the base of the statue is breathtaking. And the Bald Eagles in the area make it even more magical

Thank CodyJennifer P
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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485 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Aside from the statue overlooking the Rock River, this is just a run-of-the-mill Illinois State Park--which is to say that you can't even sit around in your own campsite with a can of beer or a glass of wine. In my opinion, Illinois State Parks exist mainly as a means to create patronage jobs for politicians to hand out, NOT... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

It was a much smaller park than I realized. Mostly for families who want to camp. There was a nice trail along the river that we climbed stairs to get down to.

Thank Molly K
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

We visit this park as part of our annual visit to the three state parks in the area. Outside of the statue, we don’t do much here so it’s the quickest stop of the three. We take the trail to the bottom of the hill and then you can take some steps (almost 200 of them!) back up to the... More 

Thank CDTrip72
Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Drive in past the campground and you come face to face with the base of "Blackhawk", Lorado Taft's 100 year old sculpture titled officially "The Eternal Indian". He stands majestically overlooking the Rock River, arms crossed, surveying his land. And if you drive along the river on Illinois Rt 2, the view of this Warrior standing at the edge of... More 

2 Thank Ruth L
West Bend, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We stumbled upon this attraction in a magazine and decided to check it out during a trip through central Illinois. Well worth the side trip ! The story behind the building of the 48 foot monument as well as the vista from the area are pretty cool.

1 Thank Ted M
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

If after a long hot day camping, you like to sit at around your campfire and have a beer - DON'T. I know the signs say Alcohol Prohibited but I have never had any trouble being able to enjoy one beer in any campsite, whether "legally" allowed or not. And I've been camping for over 40 years. I've even been... More 

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