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Starved Rock State Park, Utica

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State Park · Hiking Trail
An ancient home of the Kaskaskia tribes, Starved Rock State Park is now famous for canyons and waterfalls and welcomes over 2 million guests annually. Nestled along the banks of Illinois River, the park offers cruises and water activities, 21 km (13 mi) of hiking trails, and organized activities throughout the year. Start at the visitor center, which has educational displays and maps. Take a trolley tour of the area, or participate in a guided tour of the 1874 Victorian mansion. Ask about tasting locally produced wines. Check out the gift shop's offerings of nature-related merchandise, such as birdhouses, nature games, binoculars, and books on wildlife. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Utica trip simple and quick.
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  • Great state park with beautiful views and wonderful trails. The trails are very well marked, and provide a good amount of exercise. Not overly challenging, but be prepared to climb and descend many....  more »
  • Very pretty park with great hiking trails . U can stand on top of starved rock or visit several waterfalls . Weekends r extremely busy so keep that in mind. The visitors center there and gift shop r.....  more »
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  • Great place to visit and hike. Get there early if you want to avoid the crowds and get decent parking. If having a picnic tables and grills are available but again will require you to get there early. Admission and parking are free, park is dog friendly. Be prepared for lots of stairs, steeper steps by canyons. 5 miles here is like 10 miles on flatter ground.
  • Was a great experience for my girls. Perfect weather to hike but unfortunately no water to be seen on Day 1. Next day at the St Louis Canyon, we got lucky with a small stream of water falls and my 8 year old had fun in the water. Directions placed very well all along the trails and the ice creams were yummy at the store located near the Visitor Center!!!!

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