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Starved Rock State Park

The park's 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs.

photo: Photo by Fiana Shapiro

Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Starved Rock State Park just E of I-180 near Spring Valley.
State(s): Illinois
Counties: LaSalle
Longitude: -88.99385
Latitude: 41.32131

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Description

Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River bluff in La Salle County is one of Illinois'​ most beautiful destinations. The park's 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs. More than 13 miles of trails allow access to waterfalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Lush vegetation supports abundant wildlife, while oak, cedar and pine grow on drier, sandy bluff tops.

Starved Rock State Park's cultural history can be traced to 8000 B.C., with Native Americans tribes and European explorers documenting villages and encampments near the park along the banks of the Illinois River. The park's name is derived from a Native American legend of a band of Illiniwek who died of starvation atop the 125-foot sandstone butte.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Starved Rock State Park
Website: Illinois DNR Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Starved Rock State Park
P.O. Box 509
Utica, IL 61373 starvedrockvc@ivi.net

 

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