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Buffalo Rock State Park

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Address: 1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
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+1 815-433-2224
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu - Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Spectacular views few people

Not large crowds, easy to get to, beautiful views. Similar to Starved Rock, parking was good. Spent 3 hours here.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hanna City, Illinois
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Hanna City, Illinois
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86 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not large crowds, easy to get to, beautiful views. Similar to Starved Rock, parking was good. Spent 3 hours here.

Thank R9386DVamandam
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

My wife and I went here on an unseasonably warm February Sunday because nearby Starved Rock was packed to the gills with hikers. We found beautiful scenery, well-marked paths, and a chance to spend time out without constantly dodging other people. This park may not be as dramatic as its across-the-river neighbor at Starved Rock, but for us it was... More 

1 Thank Stephen R
Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We went for a short hike on a warm day in February. It was mostly grassland with the mounds here and there. Be prepared to figure out how the mounds represent the creatures. A little artistic license here. The views of the river were very nice. Unfortunately most of the signs describing the features have been vandalized so there isn't... More 

Thank UP-Paddler
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Good place to visit. Trails, good outdoor activity and natural ravines and waterfalls. Would reccomend with Starved rock close by.

Thank Rick C
Carmel, Indiana
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Saw the bison/hiked trail. Trail = good. Did not like that hunters could be around where you are hiking. Nice views. And it's free. Was difficult to get to because primary way to get there was closed. All in all though very nice.

Thank HoosierHank
Crown Point, Indiana
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50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenic trails of the Illinois river and sand pits......nice walking trails for the adventure or families.....dogs are welcome too

Thank JodieC25
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The paths were very pretty at this park and we enjoyed watching the buffalo. Nice place to stop with the family.

Thank Shelli P
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

A smaller park than some of the other local parks but, having said that, there is plenty of room for a softball game and a great place to enjoy a picnic.

Thank Robert A
Seneca, IL, United States
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78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We go here often. Less crowded than Starved Rock, but excellent trails to be had. The bison here (two) are a sight to visit. We love the main shelter for picnic gathering. Try this park. You won't regret it!

Thank Phyllis N
Torremolinos, Spain
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167 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We stopped here during our stay at Starved Rock; it's a short drive east on the north side of the river. There's a view of the river, two bison and a wonderful old oak tree. A nice change from the crowds at Starved Rock

Thank sl0tta

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