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Buffalo Rock State Park

1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
+1 815-433-2224
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The rock less crowded

I love big rocks (and I cannot lie). My wife and son enjoy seeing large animals, so we had to stop... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
Paul S
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Marion
Great Place to Hike and Enjoy Nature

Do not go on a holiday weekend. ..extremely crowed. If you are able to go during the week you... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
rednag
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Ottawa, Illinois
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1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

I love big rocks (and I cannot lie). My wife and son enjoy seeing large animals, so we had to stop at the lesser known Buffalo Rock State park on our way to the bigger and better known Starved Rock across the river. The entrance...More

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Do not go on a holiday weekend. ..extremely crowed. If you are able to go during the week you will enjoy nice hiking trails and scenic views. Good restaurant, nice bathrooms and picnic area, but crowded on weekends.

Thank rednag
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Buffalo Rock has always been a little gem right off the beaten path It is not as nearly big as Starved Rock or Mathieson park. It is a nice queit place to go and view the back water of the Illinois River.

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

I like coming here. The few buffalo that they have a nice to see. The park is nice to walk around in. The scenery is peaceful. It is usually not crowded ...I also like that.

Thank Sh F
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped here to have a picnic. We were disappointed because the trails were closed. The park has so much potential since it is very pretty but having the trails closed does not help.

Thank A M
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

The best part about this park was the buffalo. Highly disappointed that most all of the hiking trails were closed.

Thank Tiffany H
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Most tourists come to the area for starved rock state park but it can get very busy. Right across the river this smaller more intimate park can keep you occupied with a beautiful view and plenty of nature.

1  Thank Bob T
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

After hiking Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks, this was a rather calm, "dull" park. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice place to go for a gentle stroll/hike, have a picnic and view the river. This is a park that one with disabilities...More

1  Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Park quite run down with hiking trails closed due to disrepair. Toilets heavily stained orange. No soap. The real plus was the ride up and back down. Steep for being on bikes but lush ferns and plants growing from rock is beautiful.

Thank Oma44
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The trail along the river is closed. We walked another trail. It was just an open prairie type area with little to see. It does loop around for a view of the river, and we saw a barge, but the view is no better than...More

Thank mosw
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