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Buffalo Rock State Park

1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
+1 815-433-2224
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Needs some TLC

Park quite run down with hiking trails closed due to disrepair. Toilets heavily stained orange. No... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Better for a picnic than a hike.

The trail along the river is closed. We walked another trail. It was just an open prairie type area... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
+1 815-433-2224
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Park quite run down with hiking trails closed due to disrepair. Toilets heavily stained orange. No soap. The real plus was the ride up and back down. Steep for being on bikes but lush ferns and plants growing from rock is beautiful.

Thank Oma44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trail along the river is closed. We walked another trail. It was just an open prairie type area with little to see. It does loop around for a view of the river, and we saw a barge, but the view is no better than...More

Thank mosw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place and Not as busy as starved rock. So there was ash of the stuff you could do. Very beautiful trails

Thank Khaoz1
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Probably the worst kept park I've ever been to , besides the park in Cairo,Il.. All the trails that I saw were closed. The Buffalo farm is a sad joke. Place looks abandoned to me.

Thank winks1996
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The effigy tumuli trail was a wash. We hiked in but most of the identifying markers were missing. I think we may have been at one of the effigies....not sure! Then we walked over to see the buffalo...all 2 of them. It was sad. Those...More

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We come to the trail almost every time we camp out that way. We really enjoy it. But this time there was our favorite trail blocked off due to downed trees. I am assuming due to the tornado months ago. It was the lake bluff...More

Thank giggly711
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Not large crowds, easy to get to, beautiful views. Similar to Starved Rock, parking was good. Spent 3 hours here.

1  Thank R9386DVamandam
Reviewed 25 February 2017

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...More

4  Thank Stephen R
Reviewed 17 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...More

1  Thank UP-Paddler
Reviewed 10 December 2016

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

Thank Rick C
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