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Starved Rock State Park

Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Park may be closed on holidays and weekends (the park can be at capacity)

Sometimes, on holidays and very busy weekend the park will literally be closed to in coming... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
photoguywisconsin
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Starved Rock May 19

Went today with 2 adults and a 7 year old. We arrived about 945 am and at that time there was... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
travelb4891
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Peoria, Illinois
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Utica, IL 61373
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Sometimes, on holidays and very busy weekend the park will literally be closed to in coming traffic. Local police won't let anyone drive into the park. MY BEST ADVICE- come during the week (or if you must come on a weekend, come as early as...More

Thank photoguywisconsin
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went today with 2 adults and a 7 year old. We arrived about 945 am and at that time there was plenty of parking and it wasn't overly busy. We hiked up to starved rock lookout then back down to French Canyon where you straddle...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing hiking. Spent about 5 hours here and wasn’t able to get through it all. We came close though! Definitely need about two days to enjoy it thoroughly and see all the different areas. If you are athletic, fit and a go getter, then you...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped and hiked at Starved Rock state park to stretch our legs on a long journey. Looking for a pretty spot to hike in the state of Illinois, this came up as one of the number one things to do outside. Though it was...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great park for minimum one day outing. However, a weekend or a couple of days would do more justice to get a richer experience of the magic of this place. The trails paths are very well identified and at many places constructed...More

Thank Pradeep K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on a Mindfulness Meditation retreat in Starved Rock. It's a beautiful park. There are a number of hiking trails you can take to explore. There are plenty of waterfalls and there are trails that are along the river. A lot of people were...More

Thank Blue2013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this park. The trails are beautiful. The lime stone is so pretty with the trees and ferns growing on it. You can see pelicans on the river when watching the barges using the locks. They have a really nice visitors center, tons of...More

Thank MadDogTraveler
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Starved Rock is one of the most popular natural destinations in the States. In fact, it ranks below only 10 national parks in the number of visitors each year. The sandstone canyons and numerous waterfalls offer a great day of hiking. But beware. The park...More

Thank RPearce
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited lasalle canyon. We followed the map and parked in the lot closest to it. It was a 1.9 mile hike. Went early and there was no rush by time we left the lot was almost full. We arrived around 9A.M. The hardest part...More

Thank veekie1922
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second trip to Starved Rock and we were not disappointed at all. The weather was beautiful and trails were clearly marked throughout which is also good for novice adventurers like us. We were speechless when we good to Eagle's Lookout and just...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
4 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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Soupermomof2
31 January 2018|
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Response from perryandashley | Reviewed this property |
St. Louis canyon has the best waterfall and is a shorter trail than the others. Matthiessen State park isn’t far and has some really cool ice/rock formations and is usually less crowded than starved rock. As far as other... More
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