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Starved Rock State Park, Utica

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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. Plan trip to Utica with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Decent enough waterfalls, great hiking. I must say the place on the Fourth of July was packed! The next day? Barley saw eleven people across three trails (mind you this was early in the morning). So I...  more »
  • We enjoyed several hours hiking here. Trails are well marked. There are a lot of stairs that you need to climb. We visited last week and the waterfalls were still flowing due to recent rains.  more »
  • I love going here. Winter with my children and brought back all the memories of when I walked these paths as a child. We had a great time lots of fun things to look at and places to explore. Very happy to see that everything is still very accessible and well maintained. Only explored about a quarter of the park will continue to go until the boys have seen it all. great memories for me and my family.
  • Worthwhile visit for scenery, views, learning, air, fun. The visitor center offers a mini museum war fantastic. They offered videos of choice if started like an hour before close. Clean restrooms. Gift shop. Food and treats. There was a bird watching area at the start of the trails. Was pretty cool and we happen to have been binoculars with us which made the experience so much better. Trails are not difficult. The French one had a waterfall view. We completed 3 trails and I had about 13K steps in.
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