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Starved Rock State Park, Oglesby

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An ancient home of the Kaskaskia tribes, Starved Rock State Park is now famous for canyons and waterfalls and welcomes over 2 million guests annually. Nestled along the banks of Illinois River, the park offers cruises and water activities, 21 km (13 mi) of hiking trails, and organized activities throughout the year. Start at the visitor center, which has educational displays and maps. Take a trolley tour of the area, or participate in a guided tour of the 1874 Victorian mansion. Ask about tasting locally produced wines. Check out the gift shop's offerings of nature-related merchandise, such as birdhouses, nature games, binoculars, and books on wildlife. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Oglesby trip simple and quick.
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  • I wish I could rate this higher than a 5. The views in these canyons are unlike anything I have ever seen. If you can/will go during the week and in a slight rain you are more likely to be alone in....  more
    I wish I could rate this higher than a 5. The views in these canyons are unlike anything I have ever seen. If you can/will go during the week and in a slight rain you are more likely to be alone in....  more »
  • My wife and I camped at the campground the week of July 4, 2022. We've been there several times so we knew what to expect, or so we thought. The park has a "run down" feeling to it. Supposedly one of....  more
    My wife and I camped at the campground the week of July 4, 2022. We've been there several times so we knew what to expect, or so we thought. The park has a "run down" feeling to it. Supposedly one of....  more »
  • The park has lots of natural beauty. The canyons and cliffs are breathtaking. I'm so glad we visited. It seemed like there was a lack of maintenance on the trails and throughout the park. Also a lack....  more
    The park has lots of natural beauty. The canyons and cliffs are breathtaking. I'm so glad we visited. It seemed like there was a lack of maintenance on the trails and throughout the park. Also a lack....  more »
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  • Starved Rock State Park is an excellent place to hike. The actual starved rock is a very cool place to look around and it is not a very hard or long path. There are plenty of good hiking paths that go throughout the cliffs and rivers. The restaurant and conference center are a good place to rest and have great views. The restaurant’s food is not exceptional but it is pretty good. The nachos are very good. Starved Rock State Park is a unique state park and one of my favorites.
  • Peaceful, green and beautiful hikes not too far from Chicago. Clean facilities, ample parking. Mostly easy-moderate hikes. Well maintained trails. The small museum gives a glimpse into the native American history of Illinois, I must read more. Overall a great day trip from Chicago.
  • Wonderful place, we have been seeing signs for this place for years and finally got to come and see it. The ice was just melting and it was a little muddy but man what a great place. Good walk ways great views of waterfalls and a historic place. This place has it all. Even the girl in gift shop was helpful.
  • Bring your hiking shoes or whatever your comfortable wearing while taking a walk through the trails, it's a beautiful walk with waterfalls and stairs to climb, branches to step over, or water to walk through so make sure your prepared and bring water. The foliage and the pathways are fun to trek with children, family, friends or even pets, just make sure to respect the park's nature, animals, trails, and canyons, don't litter, and most definitely stay on the marked trails because the leaves get slippery near the edge and it's a long fall to the bottom where injury or death can occur. But don't be scared you can either walk alone or take the guided tour with a guide from Starved Rock Lodge. Speaking of which the lodge is a great place to relax and dine either at the indoor restaurant, separate bar (the backdoor lounge), or out on the veranda. There's a trolley or boat tours that can take you on a tour to explain the surrounding towns and it's history. And it's a great place for special events such as a wedding or other various types of celebrations. Also there is usually a band with live music, holiday, and other fun events that are held in the park or at the lodge. It's your adventure. Stay safe.
  • Nice big park. Trails for hiking an a big waterfront for fishing or watching the boats. There was a picnic area an boat dock just down from the visitor center area. Port a John's there for when the center isn't open. We did the st Louis canyon trail.. beautiful spot. We saw cliff swallows flying around the top of the canyon. That was neat!!

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