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Starved Rock State Park, Utica

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State Park Hiking Trail
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Starved Rock State Park by using our Utica tour planner.
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  • First of all, know that this place is oozing with people on the weekends. It is crazy busy...but even then, it is a beautiful and plenty secluded place. I'd strongly suggest you check in at the visito...  more »
  • Sometimes it gets so busy at Starved Rock that they actually close the park. That's what happened on Memorial Day Weekend. Staved Rock is a beautiful park. It's too bad that the parks infrastructure i...  more »
  • Small strolls or long hikes, you choose. The kids had fun in the canyons and some waterfalls. So much to see of the outside world.  more »
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  • Drove up for brunch with family, and stayed for a great day of hiking. The trails are scenic and seem to go on for miles. Trails range from manicured concrete to packed sand, where roots and terrain have been left untouched. You get clifftop vistas, and secluded backwoods waterfalls. The lodge equals those that you would experience in mountain regions, yet is right in our own back yard. Make it a day or a weekend. I think you will enjoy it.
  • Gorgeous! We went hiking here for the 1st time and had a blast. Some of the trails are built for beginners so it wasn't too strenuous. The waterfalls are gorgeous and I recommend trying one of the trolley tours as well. When you go on the tours, they show you a few hidden places where there aren't so many people. Overall excellent experience.
  • Get here early to enjoy all of it. I really loved the sites and a great time walking the trail. You can walk 6miles and not really realize how far you walked till your back and check the time loll. Great pictures and a good sweat.
  • Well worth the hike to St. Louis canyon. It is beautiful there. And the hike itself isn't terribly arduous. The hotel restaurant was ok. Not amazing but good. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the outdoors and hiking.
  • Beautiful venue for weddings. Our close friend got married here and she loved it. A very cabin rustic feeling. The staff is super friendly. Beautiful view from the rear deck.