Starved Rock Run on Rt 71 + ADD NEW ROUTE
15 in Illinois Illinois13 Miles
on February 1, 2007
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Start at Utica, IL and head south on Route 178 for just about a mile or so and you will come to the intersection of Route 71. At the intersection turn left (east) and you'll be at the entrance of the park in just a mile. Take your time and check out the park but then get back on 71 heading east and ride along the Illinois river to the town of South Ottawa. The whole ride is only about 13 miles and if I were you I would turn around and do it a couple of times! Enjoy!!
The area is relatively very hilly for Illinois, with thick woods, and deep ravines at certain points. In the fall it's especially beautiful with the fall color changes.
Nicely paved, some areas are narrow for a two lane road, twisty like the Tennessee hills, declines from west to east.
Starved Rock State Park has a nice lodge, camping, hiking, boat access ... the web site also list the following activities: fishing lodge, hiking, picnicking, camping, history, visitor center, horseback riding, and sports events. Make sure you take the time to read the signs in the park about how the park got its name - fascinating history.
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