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Buffalo Rock State Park, Ottawa
(3.8/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
Buffalo Rock State Park & Effigy Tumuli is an Illinois state park on in LaSalle County, Illinois, USA. The park is located in LaSalle County next to Starved Rock State Park, and was once used as a "blind canyon" for Indians to capture buffalo. Effigy Tumuli consists of five earth art animal sculptures native to the Illinois River was constructed as a tribute to Native American tradition. The park is located 5mi east of Utica, Illinois (Starved Rock State Park), and approximately 85mi southwest of Chicago, Illinois. Now, this sandstone bluff carved by the Illinois River during the Pleistocene epoch, serves as a State Park for local residents and tourists.HistoryThe area of Buffalo Rock was the home of the Illinois Indians when Louis Jolliet, the French explorer, and the Jesuit missionary priest Father Jacques Marquette made their trip up the Illinois River in 1673. Later, the Illinois Tribe was virtually annihilated in protracted warfare with the aggressive Iroquois.Buffalo Rock State Park served as an early military, trading, and missionary post for the French. During the winter of 1682-1683, LaSalle and Tonty built Fort St. Louis on Starved Rock, and gathered 4,000 Indian warriors at Buffalo Rock to form a confederation against the Iroquois. The Miami, one of the tribes in the confederation, built their own fort on Buffalo Rock.
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Reviews
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  • 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....  more »
  • Beautiful scenic trails of the Illinois river and sand pits......nice walking trails for the adventure or families.....dogs are welcome too 
  • The paths were very pretty at this park and we enjoyed watching the buffalo. Nice place to stop with the family. 
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  • Was under construction..but they have 2 lonely buffalo out there..look like need some love
  • Small park, decent hiking, but doesn't bring you that close to the river, and no camping. Has five clay sculptures of native species to Illinois River--the 'Effigy Tumli' they're called. It's worth stopping off here if you are near Starved Rock
  • It's a very nice state park. It's not as good as starved rock though, but worth stopping at.
  • Absolutely beautiful! You can feel the history of the land as soon as you pull in!
  • They have clean trails. Though you don't get close to the river which is sad. You do get to see the two buffalos that give this place their name at the beginning of the trails. The restrooms are nice as well. It's worth the hike, especially if you have kids or a family.