Review of Starved Rock State Park Campground in Utica, Illinois
October 2010 – 2 Nights
There are 2 loops. The first loop, sites 1 – 58, is mostly open with trees around the parameter, while the second loop, sites 59 – 133, is all wooded. We stayed in site #3 that backed up to tall brush.
Campsite spacing is quite good in both loops. Definitely room to stretch out.
Our site was a gravel back-in and and grassy. I believe most of the sites are gravel back-ins, with sites 1 – 58 being grassy and sites 59 – 133 being wooded. The brush behind our campsite was full of debris which is always disappointing at a campsite.
There is absolutely fantastic hiking at this park. You have to get in your vehicle and drive a couple miles to the hikes, but they are beautiful. Many miles of hikes with varied terrain. We were there for a weekend and only covered about 1/4 of the trails. The overall length of the trails vary quite nicely as well so you’ll have your pick of trail length depending on how avid of a hiker you are.
There is no boating inside the park, but the Illinois river does run adjacent to the picnic area near the lodge.
There is no fishing inside the park, but the Illinois River does run adjacent to the picnic area near the lodge.
The spacing between the campsites give the kids a good area to play, especially in sites 1 – 58. The variety of hikes also give the kids a chance to do some short hikes into some beautiful scenery.
Overall, the campground was ok. If the brush behind our site wasn’t fill with debris I may rate it a little better. That being said, the park is a must do just for the hikes. It is only about an hour drive for us. We may make a day trip back again some time to do more hiking. If you do intend to camp here you should get reservations. The park fills up extremely quick, even well into October.
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- Rated 3 stars
- Starved Rock State Park Campground
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