Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park is located along the west bank of the Rock River in Ogle County, three miles south of Oregon, on Highway 2. The park is centrally located in the Rock River Hills region of Illinois, and its rolling topography is drained by the Rock River. The park is representative of the Rock River Hills area with rock formations, ravines and unique northern plant associations. A sandstone bluff, adjacent to the river, has given the park its name.
It's a nice place to drive through and a great place for a picnic or to take the kids to play (several small playgrounds), but the trails are challenging (many steep hills) and offer little scenery. It's nicely maintained but the trail maps posted throughout are so bare they can be called incorrect (the trails all interconnect but maps do not reflect this) - you can pick up a brochure at the ranger station on your way in, which will have correct maps.Outside of the main park are scattered overlooks with views of the river, but I did not visit them. No camping here.
Scenic overlook over the river was beautiful, with a lovely picnic spot. Hiking trails through the park were strenuous enough to be good exercise, but not difficult or exhausting. Scenery was pretty and park was very well kept and not overrun with people. I'm looking forward to visiting again in other seasons. Cross-country skiing would be fabulous in this park if there were at least 4 solid inches of base snow.
Always love the view over the river here. About guaranteed you will see eagles soaring above you. Nice picnic area by the river too. Little bit of a hike up the steps to the viewing area, but it's well worth it. Good place to take a couple's picture.
Fun place to hang out with the family and your pet is nice cool day no bugs we'll go back again
This is the laymen's park and trails. No need for special clothing or gear to enjoy it. The entire park is very clean with plenty of trash cans and restrooms throughout. The trails are light but the maps and wayfinding are not very good. You may need to plan for extra time when hiking in case you get a bit lost. This park is great for a quick getaway!