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A wonderful state park

A good park with well marked trails . Very crowded not alone on the trails, probably better on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Unique scenery

Absolutely amazed at this unusual scenery in farmland Illinois. Canyons and waterfalls along the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
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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.
2668 E 875th Rd, Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A good park with well marked trails . Very crowded not alone on the trails, probably better on weekdays.

1  Thank K F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely amazed at this unusual scenery in farmland Illinois. Canyons and waterfalls along the bluffs of the Illinois River. Be prepared for LOTS of stairs to get down to see the canyons.

1  Thank Debbie_Cliff
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is the best, plenty things to do from camping to hiking to eat. You get in touch with nature, water, falls, eagles. Highly recommend if you are there for hiking bring backpack with water and maybe some snacks because when you are inside the...More

2  Thank Inspiration677079
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We usually go to the national parks, but heard good things about this one so we decided to give it a try. Trails are well maintained and the visitor center was good. The center has bathrooms along with a fast food and gift shop. There...More

1  Thank shalbshah
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made an impromptu trip on this summer like day. The leaves are changing! This was great for us newcomers to IL. River views, a dam, variety of trails, bluffs. We may concern me back in winter to see if we spot eagles!

1  Thank Augustsunflower
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with our dog for the week. So very beautiful. Trails are well marked and maintained and radiate either from the Visitors Center or the Lodge. Take time to eat on the veranda at the Back Door Lounge. The view is incredible. We could spend...More

2  Thank RogandNette
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the lodge for lunch. The deck behind the lodge was a great place to sit and have a sandwich and local beer. The visitor center is full of information and very well presented. There is a help desk where you can get...More

1  Thank djteach531
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of three senior adults took the Starved Rock Land and Water Cruise tour in mid-September. We were very pleased with the whole trip and it helped that we had beautiful weather, too. The three hour tour started with a decent sit down lunch...More

1  Thank MACCLES
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked reservations in July for a 2-night stay in Septemeber. When we called to check on our reservations booked online asked about the falls pretty much why we wanted to go. When we arrived we found out the falls were all dried up. I...More

Thank Marge L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the short but beautiful hike up the bluff to Starved Rock. Good signage of the historical significance

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October 13, 2018|
Response from photoguywisconsin | Reviewed this property |
Fall color is definitely happening. Although I would call Starved Rock for more details. Fall colors change quickly. Phone number for Starved Rock is 815-667-4726.
October 10, 2018|
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Response from Shaun B | Reviewed this property |
We did 2 trails in gym shoes and were just fine. I would make sure the tread on the shoes are on good condition. Most of the trails are paved well and climbing is mainly done on stairs.
October 10, 2018|
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Response from RogandNette | Reviewed this property |
Some.parts are literally wooden, elevated surfaces. Pristine. Some parts are well trodden dirt. After rain could get muddy. Lots of stairs. LOTS OF STAIRS. Just wear something to keep your feet dry or you will be unhappy at... More