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Explore Starved Rock State Park

Oglesby, Illinois



13 miles

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Added by Alaina Donovan

13 miles of beautiful hiking through 18 exposed rock canyons, by frozen waterfalls and along a flowing river. Several look out points where tons of eagles can be spotted.

Between Chicago and Peoria, Starved Rock State Park is voted the #1 thing to do in Illinois - a worthwhile stop! There aren't many 'incredible' outdoor opportunities in this area, but this is such a hidden gem you cannot pass it up. There are extraordinary views from riverside bluffs and great places to relax near the peaceful waterfalls.

This place is awesome year-round but is especially beautiful when the trees are turning colors, the waterfalls are flowing heavily, or it is cold enough so the falls freeze over. There was a massive flood 14,000 to 17,000 years ago creating unique topography for this region of the country.

Starved Rock is right along the Illinois River so there is tons of fishing including catfish, bullhead, white bass, sauger, walleye, carp and crappie. Outdoor camping, cabins, hotel, visitor center and a lodge are found on site. At different times of the year, ice skating, ice climbing, cross country skiing, horseback riding, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting are also possible. Close to small town with a few good restaurants.

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