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Nice bluff hiking

Enjoyed the short but beautiful hike up the bluff to Starved Rock. Good signage of the historical... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
gayle p
Chicago, Illinois
Wonderful outdoor destination

Scenic trails along the Illinois River. Trails are well marked and kept in good condition... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sullivan, Illinois
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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.
2668 E 875th Rd, Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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We booked reservations in July for a 2-night stay in Septemeber. When we called to check on our reservations booked online asked about the falls pretty much why we wanted to go. When we arrived we found out the falls were all dried up. I...More

Thank Marge L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed the short but beautiful hike up the bluff to Starved Rock. Good signage of the historical significance

Thank gayle p
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Scenic trails along the Illinois River. Trails are well marked and kept in good condition. Campground is well maintained. Shower house was clean and had hot showers which can be a rarity in state parks. Would give it a 5 star rating if campground had...More

Thank bluegrassfan76
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of good trails, well marked and well maintained, lots of different length hikes available. Lots of families with kids of all ages hiking and enjoying.

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time on Wednesday hiking over 6 miles on various well managed trails. The staff at the office were helpful. Suggest your take water with you and please if you take it in, take it out. Some are littering.

Thank Lee S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the lunch with tour option - great lunch (full dinner menu or buffet available) followed by a narrated bus tour of the area and a short "river cruise", again with history and info about the park and the various canyons that you can tour....More

Thank genew
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove down from CHICAGO for some hiking on the weekend and weren’t disappointed! First of all, get there early, by 11 am the parking lot was almost full. We got there at 9a and it was great. Once you get to the further areas of...More

1  Thank Katie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though the park was lacking water so the waterfalls were minimal - it was a great place to go for our morning hikes.

Thank Beth E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If the world's population shrank by several million people (say because of an intestinal virus brought on by over-consumption of fellow mammals), this place might be alright. I don't know.

Thank Thomas_Jerome
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

enjoyed stopping in briefly. There was woman loudly telling everyone they must see Starved Rock because it's the 'main attraction'. I thought Starved Rock itself was kind of lame--the views were really nothing to get excited about. We only had time to see the French...More

2  Thank Seth L
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29 August 2018|
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Response from Nicole Z | Reviewed this property |
I was there a week after rain and the falls were barely a trickle. We are getting some rain just north of there this week, but its been 85-90 degrees.. I wouldn't count on a flowing waterfall unless it rains the day of or... More
3 August 2018|
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Response from Laura L | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. I know there is a hotel near by and you can also go camping.
17 June 2018|
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Response from photoguywisconsin | Reviewed this property |
I will give a differing opinion. I think kids may find the trolley tour long and boring. I remember my parents dragging me along on "Tours" when I was a kid. My advice- pick a waterfall and do the hike. Many of the hikes in... More