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Apple River Canyon State Park

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Address: 8763 E Canyon Rd, Apple River, IL 61001-9555
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+1 815-745-3302

A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.

A 297-acre park featuring bluffs and canyons formed by the Apple River.

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Beautiful Park

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... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Lockport, Illinois
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154 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 primrose trail, however a downed tree blocked a bridge on the loop so we had... More 

Thank Rachel O
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102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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
Apple river
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59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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
Lockport, Illinois
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 that's standard. We stayed at site 49. The bathroom was close by and clean. The... More 

1 Thank Bonz11
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 trip. Nothing to do or see that would take more than a few hours.

Thank tothesea4
Mason City, Iowa
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6 reviews
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
Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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
Loves Park, Illinois
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016

My wife and I (both 30) hiked 3 different trails here. They were great short hikes on trails. Each one was rated differently from easy to difficult. In all honesty they were all pretty easy trails. If you are in moderate shape from taking daily walks you will be fine. The park was beautiful with the river and canyon. River... More 

2 Thank douggie85 .
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Apple River Canyon state park was all it was promised to be. Clean, nice car camping sites, clean bathrooms, drinking water. Trails well maintained and marked (actually could do a bit better on marking the trails I guess), beautiful vistas, good fishing for trout (though we only had bites they were there for the taking!). My 11 year old son... More 

2 Thank mrbutz1

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