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Starved Rock State Park

Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Fun adventure day trip

I took my two children 11 & 8 and our dog for a day trip to hike the trails. We parked in the main... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2016
Carrie S
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Fun day trip from Chicago

Really enjoyed spending a Saturday here hiking. We were lucky enough to be there on a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
Chicago, 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.
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Utica, IL 61373
+1 815-667-4726
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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

I took my two children 11 & 8 and our dog for a day trip to hike the trails. We parked in the main parking lot by the visitors center and picked up a map and were on our way. The trails are mostly wooden...More

3  Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Really enjoyed spending a Saturday here hiking. We were lucky enough to be there on a beautiful day. We started on the hike towards the St. Louis canyon, which was my favorite. There were far fewer people on that side of the park and the...More

Thank HI_MyNameisLisa
Reviewed 24 May 2016

We have visited two years in a row in April. The waterfalls are beautiful. The visitor's center is fantastic. The trails need a little help, especially up near the waterfalls. It's more of an adventure seeker kind of place!

1  Thank jjlutefisk
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Park rangers have admitted that National Geographic's highlight has added to the crowds. Some days, cars are directed to overflow parking quite a distance from the visitor center. This cloudy Saturday afternoon, the main lot was at least 75% full. The Visitor Center (shop, cafe,...More

Thank Merrill M
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Big enough to explore, but small enough that you are in easy reach of the facilities. A bit too small for all the weekend visitors though - it felt a bit full. There are some nice canyons and waterfalls with plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoyed...More

Thank johnpares1
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

They have really put a lot of work since my last trip here years ago. All trails marked. The only bad thing was all the steps. I am not in shape and found them very difficult. The park was alive with lots of visitors of...More

Thank rnonvacation123
Reviewed 22 May 2016

you can spend all day there and not see it all! defintely recommend multiple day trips. trails for all types of levels of hiking expertise. beautiful canyons and waterfalls. places to go off travel. lots of history. can be muddy if lots of rain the...More

Thank Maureen D
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

We were serviced by a very nice mature man at the Visitor Center. We enjoyed walking the trails. Many dangerous areas, which made me nervous when seeing a lot of young people there. Lots of places to fall. Great experience for us, we saw many...More

Thank Hoops70s
Reviewed 21 May 2016

The park is lovely. Perfect during the spring time when there is water in the fall. Oddly there was very very little biting bugs! We could not believe it. I am not sure about other times of the year though. We hiked over 12 miles...More

Thank lizlesliephotos
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I have been hiking rhis park since I was 5. I will do camping trips and day trips. There is always something to see and the waterfalls are beautiful! Don't forget about the trails that's aren't directly within the park. They are just as wonderful!...More

Thank Staci B
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17 July 2017|
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Response from Kim N | Reviewed this property |
Technically no, but we saw many wading around the some of the falls areas.
10 July 2017|
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Response from Staci B | Reviewed this property |
Starved Rock State Park does not have campsites by the river. Illini state park, 20 mins away, does. Reserveamerica, online,would tell you which sites are available. I'm not sure what you mean by East or West side.
Gay L
20 May 2017|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Heavier water flows should be good for the waterfalls. It might also do well to wear boots. A few places call for crossing streams to get to the best views.