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Buffalo Rock State Park

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Address: 1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
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+1 815-433-2224
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Off the Beaten Path

My wife and I went here on an unseasonably warm February Sunday because nearby Starved Rock was packed to the gills with hikers. We found beautiful scenery, well-marked paths, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Stephen R
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Champaign
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Champaign
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went here on an unseasonably warm February Sunday because nearby Starved Rock was packed to the gills with hikers. We found beautiful scenery, well-marked paths, and a chance to spend time out without constantly dodging other people. This park may not be as dramatic as its across-the-river neighbor at Starved Rock, but for us it was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We went for a short hike on a warm day in February. It was mostly grassland with the mounds here and there. Be prepared to figure out how the mounds represent the creatures. A little artistic license here. The views of the river were very nice. Unfortunately most of the signs describing the features have been vandalized so there isn't... More 

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Thank UP-Paddler
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Good place to visit. Trails, good outdoor activity and natural ravines and waterfalls. Would reccomend with Starved rock close by.

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Thank Rick C
Carmel, Indiana
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Saw the bison/hiked trail. Trail = good. Did not like that hunters could be around where you are hiking. Nice views. And it's free. Was difficult to get to because primary way to get there was closed. All in all though very nice.

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Thank HoosierHank
Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenic trails of the Illinois river and sand pits......nice walking trails for the adventure or families.....dogs are welcome too

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Thank JodieC25
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The paths were very pretty at this park and we enjoyed watching the buffalo. Nice place to stop with the family.

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Thank Shelli P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A smaller park than some of the other local parks but, having said that, there is plenty of room for a softball game and a great place to enjoy a picnic.

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Thank Robert A
Seneca, IL, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We go here often. Less crowded than Starved Rock, but excellent trails to be had. The bison here (two) are a sight to visit. We love the main shelter for picnic gathering. Try this park. You won't regret it!

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Thank Phyllis N
Torremolinos, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We stopped here during our stay at Starved Rock; it's a short drive east on the north side of the river. There's a view of the river, two bison and a wonderful old oak tree. A nice change from the crowds at Starved Rock

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Thank sl0tta
Ottawa, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This park has easy trails with great cliff brows of river. You can even stop by and visit the Buffalos. I go to park often just to chill. One of my favorite spots in Ottawa!

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Thank Tina N

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