Visitor Center

Come and discover why millions of people visit Starved Rock each year!

To make your park experience complete, start your adventure with a visit to the Visitors Center, located along the Illinois River area in the main park.

The Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center has several interactive displays, free videos on the park, hiking maps, and more. Trailheads Snacks & Souvenirs, also located here, is a great place to buy gifts, souvenirs, sandwiches, Artisan ice cream and snacks! The Visitor Center is open year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website to learn more about Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park.

The Park Interpreter/Natural Resource Coordinator at Starved Rock State Park now offers school field trips and programs for both K-8th grade students and homeschool groups (depending on field trip size/occupancy) on Wednesdays and Thursdays September-May for FREE.  Please contact Lisa Sons, the Park Interpreter at the Visitor Center by calling 815-667-4726 or email [email protected]

Please note: Drones are currently and have been illegal in all state parks according to the IDNR.  The IDNR has been drafting a policy over the past 4 years but nothing has been completed or communicated as of yet.  The reason why drones are illegal to use is due to the fragile ecosystems in our state parks and nature preserves as well as wildlife disturbance. Drones are allowed in the miniature airplane field only at Matthiessen State Park.