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Address: 1365 W Castle Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9577
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+1 815-732-7329

Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no...

Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no camping.

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Great stop to stretch legs

If the kids are driving you crazy on your drive, stop here and let them run up and down the stairs a few times. This hard climb gets you to the top of a small outcrop of sandstone... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sterling, Illinois
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Sterling, Illinois
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76 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If the kids are driving you crazy on your drive, stop here and let them run up and down the stairs a few times. This hard climb gets you to the top of a small outcrop of sandstone where you can look northward up the Rock River. Picnic tables, but no restroom at this stop. Restrooms north in the larger... More 

Thank NewtonJames
Park Ridge, Illinois
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114 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Stairs provide a convenient access (about 10 minutes) all on stairs to the Scenic Overlook of the Rock River. There are about seven other trails on the other side of Highway 2 which follows the West side of the river.

Thank Robert W
Roscoe, Illinois
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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The lookout is amazing and well worth the trek up the stairs. You can stop along the way and rest if needed but you won't be mad when you get to the top. Great views and photo opportunities! The entire area has great parks for walking and wandering around.

Thank gina208
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9 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

A beautiful location but a bit pricey. We stayed in one of the cabins - it was quiet and the bed was comfortable. We ate dinner and breakfast in the dining room, the food was ok. We took the Christmas light trolley ride, it was fun seeing the decorations but it did drag on a little with quite a distance... More 

Thank guestillinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 January 2017

The scenery is breathtaking! I love to go there as often as possible. My children love to enjoy the natural beauty along the river with me. its a wonderful family experience

1 Thank CodyJennifer P
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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504 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

OK, I see a number of higher-rated reviews here on TA, but my experience visiting the park was just of a short hike out to the top of the rock overlooking the Rock River. There were a number of kayakers loitering around in a group. It was a nice experience, but hardly anything to get too excited about. If you're... More 

3 Thank GoneOffTheGrid
Geneva, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2016

There are not too many places to get above things to look around. Here is one place you can do it! Go up early and watch the sunrise - you wont be disappointed. Very few people here at any time of day, but less in the morning! Bring a camera.

Thank bikegenevadc
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We visit this park as part of our annual visit to the three state parks in the area. We will do at least a couple of the hiking trails, Forest Ridge and River Bluff. The River Bluff one (once you drive in make a first right and it is past the playground) is short but has a steep hike up... More 

1 Thank CDTrip72
Dixon, Illinois
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

The portion of the park along the river offers a spectacular view of the river. The portion on the opposite side of Rt 2 provides a fun place for a hike & picnic.

Thank Jennifer N
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

It is a little climb up several stairs to the top of Castle Rock however the view at the peak is breathtaking. Especially in the fall.

Thank MsDMan

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