Sometimes called “Nature’s Wonderland in the Midwest,” Starved Rock State Park in Illinois is 2,360 acres of canyons, wilderness and waterfalls that make the perfect day-trip or weekend trip right in the heart of the United States.
Located just Southwest of the small Illinois village of Utica, Starved Rock boasts unimaginably beautiful nature trails and canyons, but is located within a reasonable distance from the larger cities and metropolitan cities in the area. Only 90 miles outside of Chicago, Illinois — and just East of the Quad Cities of Iowa — this is one of the most conveniently located of all of the State Parks in the United States, and one of the most enchanting.
Starved Rock State Park Activities and Recreation
While enjoying the sights and the waterfalls in the park is by-far the most popular of activities, there are many other recreational activities one can engage in while visiting Starved Rock State Park. Here are some of the popular activities in the canyons:
- Birdwatching (Migratory and Local)
- Fishing (catfish, bullhead, white bass, sauger, walleye, carp and crappie)
- Hiking (Multiple Trail-heads and Canyons)
Starved Rock State Park Trail Heads
If you are a hiking enthusiast, Starved Rock State Park has great trails for short hikes or even multi-day hikes. Trail heads include:
- West Bluff Trail
- Aurora Canyon
- Sac Canyon
- Kickapoo Canyon
- St. Louis Canyon
Check Out The Starved Rock State Park Documentary Below for More of the History and Highlights of the Park:
Explore Starved Rock State Park for Yourself in the First-Person Hiking Video Below: