Things to Do

The #1 reason people love Starved Rock State Park is hiking the trails.  Hiking is one of the best ways to exercise!  It exercises not only your body, but your mind.  Hiking puts you in a state of automatic relaxation and rejuvenation.

Check out these in and out-of-park experiences! From Eagle watching in the Winter to Wildflower identification in the summer, you can find the adventure to satisfy your need to get out and get some fresh air!

Make sure & check out Lodge & Marketplace Websites for restaurants, shops, accommodations, events, & more.

Click HERE to see HIKING TRAILS with GPS coordinates.




Hiking & Trails

If you are planning to hike…Starved Rock State Park is the place to be! With 13 miles of well marked hiking trails, you can plan your hiking based on your skill levels. Let’s get started. Guided Hikes We now offer guided hikes year ’round! This…

Over 13 miles of Trails • Maps • Waterfalls • Hiker's Guide

Lodge Activities & Amenities

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center welcomes you with 69 comfortable hotel rooms, 21 cabins in the woods, a 2-sided fireplace in the historic Great Hall, an indoor pool and more. Relax and enjoy the Back Door Lounge or have lunch on the Veranda where…

Dining • Live Shows • Pool, Sauna & Hot Tub • Massages & more

Trolley Tours & Rentals

Take a tour of beautiful Starved Rock on Ranger or Bella! There is not better way to ride! Ranger seats up to 26 guests in its cozy, charming interior. Bella our Wedding Trolley & Special Event Trolley (seats up to 22 guests) features a floral…

Reservations: (815) 220-7386 · Seasonal Tours · Wedding Rentals

Park Programs & Activities

The staff of the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center have put together some great educational programs for all ages!  Bring the kids and learn all about the exciting history and geology of this park. Starved Rock State Park 2015 Calendar of Events       Sponsored…

Sponsored Programming by the Starved Rock Foundation
Visit a Local Winery

Charming Wineries

Locally produced wine, charming labels, friendly atmosphere! Check out all the local Wineries near Starved Rock State Park. You are sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery along with elegant orchards. Cattails Wine Tasting Room is located within the Starved Rock Marketplace at the corner of…

WIne Tasting • Locally Grown • Domestic Beers

Historical & Cultural Activities

Check out these in and out-of-park experiences! You can find the adventure to satisfy your need to learn more at the surrounding museums & attractions!

Historical & Cultural Activities • Great Activity for Kids • Daily Tours
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding is available at Cedar Creek Ranch – located in Cedar Point, Illinois (About a 15 minute drive from the park). The best ride around–through hills, valleys and creeks (visit a Civil War era cemetery on-site). Visit Website Details: (815) 481-3337

(815) 481-3337 • Cedar Creek Ranch • Call Today!

Canoe, Kayaking, & Rafting

Rent a canoe and paddle up the Illinois river – Starved Rock Adventures offers canoe rental right in the park during the months of May through October.  (Weather and water levels permitting) Guests can also canoe and kayak on the beautiful fox river – just…

Short drive from the Lodge • Bicycle the I & M Canal

Boating, Marinas, & Water Cruises

Take a cruise of the Illinois River aboard the Belle of the Rock, rent a Canoe or ride the Canal Boat on the I & M Canal located in LaSalle.   All tours are weather and water level permitted.  Check out more information to plan…

Rentals • Water Cruises • Starved Rock Marina • Spirit of Peoria

Eagle Watching

Eagle Watching at Starved Rock has become one of the most popular events of each Winter Season.  Every year, thousands of eagles migrate to the area. Don’t miss this amazing time of year!  They come for the fish found in the cold waters of the…

Eagle Watching Weekend * Viewing Areas * Eagles Facts
The wildlife at Starved Rock is amazing!

Hunting & Fishing

The Illinois River near Starved Rock is known as the “Sauger Capital” of the world! Each year, this tournament brings fisherman from near and far to compete for the biggest catch. Despite cold weather and inclement conditions, the tourney continues. During the hunting season, the…

Bait Shop • Annula Fishing Tournaments • Hunting Season Information

Kids Corner

Hey kids! Looking for fun and facts to help plan your visit to Starved Rock State Park? You have come to the right place. Explore our fun online resources & get to Starved Rock for endless activities & Educational Programs. The information below is provided thanks to the Illinois…

Educational Programs · Endless Adventures · Family Fun
Camping with the Family.

Camping & Picnics

The Starved Rock Campground has 133 Class A premium campsites complete with electricity, showers and flush toilets, a separate youth group camping area and a children’s playground. Seven campsites are accessible for people with disabilities. The campground is located about 1 mile from the Visitor Center and Lodge, just…

(815) 667-4726 • Electricity & Showers • Youth Area • Reserve Online
Cross Country Skiing at nearby Matthiessen State Park.

Winter Sports

Winters are Starved Rock State Park are special as well.  There are many activities that the park offers during this special time of year.  Imagine yourself walking through the woods just after the newly fallen snow.  There’s no reason why you can’t be a four-season…

Ski Rentals • December - March • Snowmobiling @ the I & M Canal