Visitor Center Open Daily: 9am to 4pm
Natural Resource Coordinator
Starved Rock & Matthiessen State Park
At the entrance to the center, you can see a slice of the trunk of one of the largest American Elm trees in the U.S. that grew at Starved Rock. The helpful staff will assist you with any questions that you may have about hiking trails, the Visitor Center, or general information about the area.
In addition to the great exhibits and displays there is also a theater that plays three different movies, ranging in length from 9-15 minutes; one of the movies just recently won a national award. Guided hikes are available throughout the year. The Le Rocher Gift Shop and Bookstore offers books on local plants and animals, the history of Starved Rock and the surrounding areas, birdhouses, nature games, binoculars, and much more. You will always be greeted with a smile and we hope you enjoy your visit.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources operates all state parks in Illinois, including Starved Rock State Park and neighboring Matthiessen State Park. The Starved Rock Visitor Center is operated by the IDNR. For more information, please visit the IDNR page about Starved Rock State Park and IDNR page about Matthiessen State Park.
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.
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.
Programs Sponsored by the Starved Rock Foundation
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.
Electricity & showers
Start your Starved Rock adventure out at Trailheads Snacks & Souvenirs. Located in the Visitor Center, Trailheads offers sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, Artisan ice cream, pretzels and nachos, plus gifts and great souvenirs. We also have a wide selection of Starved Rock hoodies, ball caps and tee shirts for outdoor lovers of all ages. Check out our selection of walking sticks, rain gear, water bottles, coffee mugs and more! Browse our assortment of jewelry, clothing, books and keepsake items.