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Starved Rock State Park

2668 E 875th Rd, Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Nice hike

Went there for the weekend it was nice. We got to see the water fall. Staff at the rest area were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Laura L
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Melrose Park, Illinois
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Beautiful Scenery, Must-See State Park

Starved Rock State Park is absolutely beautiful. It was unfortunately a little crowded but for good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kiersten T
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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.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2668 E 875th Rd, Utica, IL 61373
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went there for the weekend it was nice. We got to see the water fall. Staff at the rest area were friendly.will go back.

Thank Laura L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Starved Rock State Park is absolutely beautiful. It was unfortunately a little crowded but for good reason- it was the place to be! Such beautiful trails with a lot of scenic overlooks. It’s most definitely the best hiking location in Illinois. Make sure to check...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are great. The walking paths are well maintained. The visitor center is very educational and well staffed

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To park car it took us lot of time due to Sunday and summer holidays, visitors center is well maintained with lots of information and food is also available, but not much options, better to bring water for the trail. Wildcat canyon is must visit...More

Thank bolisetti
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately too many visitors to this gorgeous setting don't follow the "leave only footprints" premise. The canyons, forest, and river are beautiful but there was a lot of trash on the trails. We went mid-week and started our hike pretty late so we didn't see...More

Thank Lisa G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We was visiting and stayed at the Grizzly Jack Grand Bear Resort. But we did the historic trolley tour, which was very interesting. The tour guide person was very knowledgeable about the tour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the years I have had several people recommend I go here to take pictures. They were absolutely correct. I was impressed with the views and the overall ambiance. However, the main reason I wanted to go was the waterfalls. To my disappointment I went...More

Thank snauden
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard EVERYONE raving about starved rock, so my husband and I decided to grab our dogs and check it out. First of all, its kind of in the middle of no where... BUT once you get closer to the park there are some really...More

Thank Jen W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Starved Rock is truly a gem. It rivals some of the US National Parks, but is designated a State Park. The flat terrain and fields of Illinois are disrupted along this stretch of the river. There are wooded walking trails that open to exposed dirt...More

1  Thank Adam P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

About the only scenic place in Northern Illinois with the exception of Galena territory. Great hiking trails. Nice canyons and waterfalls when its wet enough season. Reccomend this during the fall, during peak colors and less bugs and mosquitos. Great ride if you are a...More

Thank K L
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YesIcan2018
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
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yping82
2 May 2018|
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Response from nursesrock43 | Reviewed this property |
U can go as far or as little as u want. There are a number of trails to choose.
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Scott D
5 April 2018|
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Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Park open daylight hours year round no seasonal closures except areas in Illinois Canyon open to hunting in fall Lodge. campgrounds, cabins 24/7 Large park w/ 16 total canyons to explore. Also in the area check out the... More
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