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 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.