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.
A nice state park as north west Illinois State parks go. There are a number of nicely groomed short trails to walk or run on. There are some nice picnic areas as well. The view of the river from the Castle Rock scenic overlook was nice and is very pretty when the leaves are turning in the Fall. The park is clean and not very crowded. Family friendly and easy to get to from Chicago.
We had the park practically to ourselves! We hiked River Bluff trail in the north and the Oak Ridge and Fox Trails in the south. Had picnic lunch at the scenic overlook.
This review is mostly just on the scenic overlook area of Castle Rock. There were other park entrances but chose this one because i didn't do a lot of hiking and i packed everything but the bug spray! The park is nice, clean, free, and plenty of parking. There's fishing, grills, picnic tables, nice trails, and bathrooms.
This is a nice small state park with a lot of hiking trails. Parking and entrance is free. Some of the trails are shaded by trees and some are kinda steep. But the trip was well worth it.
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.