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Rock Cut State Park

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Address: 7223 West Lane Road, Loves Park, IL 61011
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Scenic park of 3,092 acres that offers many recreational options such as...

Scenic park of 3,092 acres that offers many recreational options such as camping, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

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Scenic trails for walking, hiking and biking

First time visit. Wife and I greatly enjoyed ourselves on a bike ride and hike. There are a few paved paths to ride on, but many more off road paths. If your feeling adventurous... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Joshua B
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time visit. Wife and I greatly enjoyed ourselves on a bike ride and hike. There are a few paved paths to ride on, but many more off road paths. If your feeling adventurous, there are many dirt/and trails for your mountain bike. Good hills that you can catch up to 25-30 mph speeds if you're willing not to hit... More 

Thank Joshua B
Machesney Park, Illinois
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Live with in 3 miles of this park have Picnicked an hiked here many times. Never over crowded always a place to park good fishing and boating plus a very nice sand beach.

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Rockford, IL
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95 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We ran from Harlem High School on the path that lead to the main road as it goes by the dam. Then it was one loop around the lake and back to the school. 10 miles altogether. Hills were a nice challenge. The road needs attention in many areas, numerous pot holes.

Thank meyste
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

There is one spot in this park that is quite nice. A few rock formations in a forested area with a built structure. It is also nice to cross-country ski here in the winter. You can rent skis in the boat-house.

Thank jtackabe
Park Ridge, Illinois
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75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Many picnic areas surround these lakes. Hiking, canoeing, and fishing are common activities here. In Summer, swimming is allowed at beaches and boat rentals are available.

Thank Robert W
Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Went for a walk with my two and a half year old. So so so so windy that she was a bit freaked out and we cut the walk short but it didn't stop me appreciating the beauty of the area. The lake was just lightly frozen and it was just stunning with blue skies and the leaves whirling about.... More 

Thank ShadowySue
Loves Park, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Lots of paths to walk the dogs and great water views. Nice camping area and fishing. Roads could use some improvement though

Thank Rubenbartender
Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

We stayed at the park on our epic drive across the country. We spent two nights here and thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings. We camped for a small fee and had access to all the features of the lake. On the full day we were there we walked around the lake and saw all sorts of wild life to include Great... More 

Thank S. B
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Rock Cut State Park offers lots of different activities to those who enjoy the outdoors. The real estate covers a healthy amount of area and there is a road that winds around the lake at the center of the park. There are trails and camping locations as well as a boat launch zone for kayaks or fishing boats. I've seen... More 

Thank ViktorTrue
Schaumburg, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

We stayed at the cabin for 3 days and had a great time. The cabin is very beautiful and cozy. It has 2 rooms and comes with a twin bed and 2 bunk beds with mattresses. We brought our sleeping bags and pillows to use on top on the mattress. There is table with 6 chairs inside and have electricity... More 

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