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Buffalo Rock State Park

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Summer relaxation

My wife and I walked around the park which gave us a few moments to enjoy nature. We plan on coming... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Kenneth H
Ottawa, Illinois
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Go Visit Your Buffalo Friends

We always make a stop at Buffalo Rock to see the big and beautiful buffalo living on the land. It... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2018
Chicago, Illinois
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  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“picnic area”(6 reviews)
“illinois river”(14 reviews)
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1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
+1 815-433-2224
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All reviews bison picnic area illinois river starved rock hiking trails walk around view of the river the cliff enjoy nature across the river great place to hike tumuli woods restrooms field loop weekend
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much less common of a park to visit than Starved Rock, but lovely area with amazing water views/overlooks and a nice area to eat/relax/grill.

Thank niemannkels
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Wonderful for a day trip from the Chicago and a chance to walk around and see lots of nature. Good for all ages!

Thank Elly-I-Am
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We visited the park and drove around to see all the cites. We did go visit the two buffaloes that were penned there. I did feel sorry for them because it was so hot and they were panting so much. It was a great place...More

1  Thank JMoore55
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

My wife and I walked around the park which gave us a few moments to enjoy nature. We plan on coming back in the fall to see the leaves turning.hope to have some photos next time.

Thank Kenneth H
Reviewed 2 June 2018

In the parking lot they have 2 buffalo in a fence which you can get pretty close to. The hiking is through a field mostly, I prefer woods. One nice view of the river, the rest of the trail was closed, looks like they were...More

Thank DeeDee2215
Reviewed 22 May 2018

We always make a stop at Buffalo Rock to see the big and beautiful buffalo living on the land. It is a real connection to our history and one that we need to preserve. On this last visit, however, there was continuous loud gunfire in...More

4  Thank peacechyld2017
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I love big rocks (and I cannot lie). My wife and son enjoy seeing large animals, so we had to stop at the lesser known Buffalo Rock State park on our way to the bigger and better known Starved Rock across the river. The entrance...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Do not go on a holiday weekend. ..extremely crowed. If you are able to go during the week you will enjoy nice hiking trails and scenic views. Good restaurant, nice bathrooms and picnic area, but crowded on weekends.

1  Thank rednag
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Buffalo Rock has always been a little gem right off the beaten path It is not as nearly big as Starved Rock or Mathieson park. It is a nice queit place to go and view the back water of the Illinois River.

Thank Fredelcamino
Reviewed 2 November 2017

I like coming here. The few buffalo that they have a nice to see. The park is nice to walk around in. The scenery is peaceful. It is usually not crowded ...I also like that.

Thank Sh F
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