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. Please remember to always leave no trace and take only memories. Click Here for Hiking Map 

The LaSalle Canyon parking lot also known as Parkman’s Plain along the eastern edge of Starved Rock and Route 71 will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians starting March 23rd-July 1st of 2019. Trails remain open but users will have to access them from Hennepin Canyon parking lot further down along Route 71, or off of the Red River trail system leading from the Starved Rock Visitor Center or Lodge. IDOT and IDNR will be working on expanding the existing parking lot during this time frame as well as adding a shelter to Lone Point Shelter. Thank you for understanding-happy trails!

Visitor Center Hikes:

Guided Hikes (Free)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Starved Rock Visitor Center will now host FREE guided hikes to Starved Rock and French Canyon every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. through February 9th and resume June 9th-November 17th, 2019. Guided hikes will discuss the history, legend, geology, plants, and animals of the park. Hikes will last 1 hour and 15 minutes.  No reservations needed. Meet inside of the Visitor Center by 9:25 on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Saturdays and Sundays when posted at the Visitor Center. If you’d like to schedule a hike for a group of 10 or more, please call the Visitor Center prior to your visit at (815) 667-4726 for scheduling throughout the year. Please note: Due to the high volume on visitors during the summer months and limited park staff, we may not be able to make guided hike reservations for groups during holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Guided hikes, if available, will be posted on the kiosk inside the Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays or through reservations outside of those holiday weekends. Thank you for understanding.