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Apple River Canyon State Park

8763 E Canyon Rd, Apple River, IL 61001-9555
+1 815-745-3302
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Hidden secrets most locals would know

We have been visiting this park for years, taking our small children on adventures that are hidden... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Jodi R
via mobile
Beautiful and quiet

While not a huge park, it is beautiful!! Not a lot of foot traffic here which is kinda nice... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
Lisa H
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“day trip” (3 reviews)
“few hours” (2 reviews)
“tower rock” (2 reviews)
8763 E Canyon Rd, Apple River, IL 61001-9555
+1 815-745-3302
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We have been visiting this park for years, taking our small children on adventures that are hidden from the typical trails. Our children are now teenagers who now show their friends the local secrets! Swimming hole, tower rock, river walk, skipping rocks, beautiful views and...More

2  Thank Jodi R
Reviewed 20 June 2017

While not a huge park, it is beautiful!! Not a lot of foot traffic here which is kinda nice!! HOWEVER....they do not have the trails marked well ( there are an abundance of rabbit trails) and I could see how someone could get lost in...More

1  Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We never really found the best parking lot where we could figure out all the trail options in the canyon. We attempted the 'sunset' trail, which was fairly moderate in difficulty - narrow, dirt path, fairly steep with sheer drops. We also went on the...More

Thank Rachel O
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Lake is beautiful, there are trails around that are great hiking, some beautiful scenery. A nice place to relax and get away from the city. I understand fireworks over the lake are incredible on the 4th of July.

Thank wingsofjoy77
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Hiking, enjoying the sounds and sights of an underused state park. The river and scenery are relaxing and colorful. Leaves are beautiful and they have many campsites.

Thank poolqueenAppleriver
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My wife, 14 year old son and I stayed at the park for 1 day on a Saturday and then camped over night. The campsite was well maintained and very large. There was a fire ring with a grate and a picnick table, I think...More

1  Thank Bonz11
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I thought the park was ok. Camping was an average camp site. You are right next to the person next to you and for us, that meant right next to a really large and loud group. The trails are good for a walk and day...More

Thank tothesea4
Reviewed 25 August 2016

I have been our a few times to run the trails and they are great - challenging enough to get a good workout but also short enough that you don't have to worry about getting lost! Great little place to get away from it all!

Thank Bryan O
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Love this state park. Very near to Chicago area and is a perfect place to do a day trip with friends and family. We go to this park every year to welcome summer. The river route, tower, prime rose trails are our favorites.

Thank karthik313
Reviewed 27 April 2016

This is a good park. Not too big or too small. There are four small hiking paths that are just right for the young or old. There are many great views from all the paths

Thank Teril56
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sandra g
17 January 2017|
Response from Bonz11 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed there last year and I forget the campground area we stayed but it did not have any showers.
12 December 2016|
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Response from Bryan O | Reviewed this property |
Definitely check weather and have a backup plan. With the snow started now, it's difficult to know what the travel and trail conditions will be.