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Castle Rock State Park

1365 W Castle Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9577
+1 815-732-7329
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The scenery is breathtaking! I love to go there as often as possible. My children love to enjoy the... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
CodyJennifer P
Nice View of the River

OK, I see a number of higher-rated reviews here on TA, but my experience visiting the park was just... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2016
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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Named for a large sandstone butte along the Rock River, this park has no camping.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“poison ivy” (2 reviews)
1365 W Castle Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9577
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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
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....More

4  Thank GoneOffTheGrid
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...More

Thank bikegenevadc
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...More

1  Thank CDTrip72
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
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
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We spent a beautiful sunny day exploring some of the trails available as well as the climb up stairs to a wonderful view of the rock river and surrounding area. Trails are somewhat marked, can be a bit confusing. Saw people Fishing and relaxing along...More

Thank Sjssz
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Castle Rock State Park has trails and hiking areas but the best place at Castle Rock is the view from the rock itself. Climb the flights of stairs to the top of the sandstone outcropping overlooking the Rock River. Especially beautiful in the autumn, one...More

1  Thank stranclan2zam
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The park is beautiful with great trails to walk through. Then when you are done hiking btake a drive down the road a little towards Dixon and to your right is a place to climb some stairs. When you get to the top it is...More

Thank ernhkn
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Easily found on route 2, this is a lovely place to view wildlife and have a picnic. There's a stair step climb to a delightful over the river view---we watched canoeists and kayaks paddle down the Rock River. You can also fish from one of...More

Thank Calmac3
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9 August 2017|
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Response from Scott W | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend going camping at Lowden State Park, which is only a 1/4 mile away from town. It's a nice campground, with a concession, cabins, showers, and a walking distance to see the new Blackhawk Statue. You would... More
10 July 2017|
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Response from Scott W | Reviewed this property |
My logic would tell me you cannot because the undercurrent would be to fast and too dangerous. It does sound like it would be a fun activity you would have to petition for. I would recommend calling Castle Rock State Park... More
28 April 2017|
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Response from bso54 | Reviewed this property |
No it is still in some kind of black wrap.