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Starved Rock State Park

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Address: Utica, IL 61373
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Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this...

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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Great Walk Anyday

I moved to Illinois and everyone has told me this Park is a must. Having now been I agree. This park has beautiful vistas, great challenging trails, and hours of company with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
bLiselotte
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Palatine, Illinois
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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I moved to Illinois and everyone has told me this Park is a must. Having now been I agree. This park has beautiful vistas, great challenging trails, and hours of company with everyone from Chicago. This reminded me a lot of the geography of the Wisconsin Dells area. The only detracting factor is being so close to Chicago it has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This picture was taken at LaSalle Canyon. Beautiful place! Park tends to be busy, so arrive early for parking!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The canyons are magnificent, said to be one of the 7 wonders of Illinois, you feel like your in a different state. Hiked to French Canyon and Wildcat Canyon, a total of 2.8 miles round trip, both can be reached from the trails off the lodge, hundreds of stairs, and some slippery step rocks at French Canyon but totally worth... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No shortage of great things to see and do. Charming area of Illinois. Beautiful grounds, I heard they have a water park, but that's not my thing. We went in January when the bald eagles were plentiful and had a great time. I loved walking in the park. Many, many trails to choose from leisurely to difficult to please any... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my 6-year-old son and 3-year-old son for their first visit to Starved Rock State Park. We only climbed Starved Rock and the stairs to the Lodge Area so I won't call it "hiking" but we did have a good few hours of exploring. We looked for many of the art pieces and carvings surrounding the lodge. It was... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have hike here with a group of people on meetup.com 5 times now. The beautiful scenery keep bring me back along with a chance to spot some bald eagles on the river. The best time to visit is January or February when you can see the spectacular frozen waterfalls. Just make sure you get there early as it does... More 

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed two nights at The Lodge. The Lodge manager Gino went out of his way for our group. Between him and our waiter (army strong) and bartender we couldn't have been more graciously treated. We loved our hikes and saw ten eagles. The canyons are awesome. Love this place!

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for the Eagle watching. They had many interesting events and even live Eagle,Hawk, Owl and Falcon they walked through the room to show attendees. The park itself is amazing there are canyons, some with waterfalls. You can hike from the lodge to all the canyons, there are visitor centers on both sides of the river with attractions and... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Due to weather there werent many eagles but the park itself was beautiful and the programs at the lodge more than made up for the few sightings. We did see about a dozen, so it wasnt a washout. Park staff was friendly and helpful. I love that dogs were allowed (on leash) We plan on returning many more times only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very well kept and clean state park, very family friendly. Also saw many people with dogs on the park grounds, which is highly unusual in most state parks. we enjoyed our visit and will definitely go back

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