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.

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 at 9:30 a.m. through November 17th.  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 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. 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.

Starved Rock Lodge Hikes:

Guided Hikes (Payment Required)
Starved Rock Lodge offers guided hikes year ’round. Check out their website for upcoming guided hikes.

Starved Rock Lodge Walker’s Club (Free)
Would you like someone to hike with you? Don’t know where to hike? The Starved Rock Lodge Walker’s Club meets on Thursdays at 9am in the lobby of Starved Rock Lodge for preplanned group hikes. These hikes are free, take a few hours and usually end around noon. Ask for a full schedule at the Front Desk or call the Lodge for more information at (800) 220-7386. If you’d like to get an idea of what you’ll see on the trails or want to know trail conditions, follow Edna’s blog here as she hikes through Starved Rock, Matthiessen and Buffalo Rock!