Welcome to Starved Rock State Park!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

We have year-round activities related to nature, history, music, and more. See what is happening at the Rock!

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Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit

Where to start - What to bring - What to see -What to do? Here are some things to get you started.

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Trail Maps and Hikes

Trail Maps and Hikes

Do it on your own or go with a guide. Pick trails by duration, difficulty, or just learn more about the park. All are good choices!

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There’s an app for that!

Visitors to Starved Rock State Park can now take a guided hike on the park’s most popular trails by using this new smartphone app. Download the Prairie State Hike App for just 99 cents.

 

Weather forecast for Starved Rock

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The last of the trail tip suggestion videos for Starved Rock! I will be moving on to trail tips such as: trash/litter, planning ahead, come prepared, safety and rules, dogs, and trail etiquette.

Eastern Canyons along Route 71.
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4 days ago

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We visited Starved Rock last weekend for the first time and it was beautiful. I was very disappointed at the 3 large mounds of trash visitors had made near one of the falls. People just dont get it, stop destroying these areas.

Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks Maksym Zakharchuk ⤴️⤴️⤴️

Hey guys! I did an amazing promo video of Starved Rock state park! Please check it out on my page!

With the heat this week and the busy trails we have already been getting calls about dogs in distress over heat exhaustion!!!

It isn’t safe for dogs, the elderly, those with medical conditons, or young children to hike trails in temperatures of upper 80’s and higher. Too often Fire and rescue is called for those experiencing heat exhaustion or worsening problems from the heat at the park.

Please remember due to covid 19 that all water fountains have been covered and turned off at the park and inside the buildings. Due to toxic algae blooms along the Illinois river it is unsafe to wade or swim even in the falls (illegal as well) or to allow your pets to drink that water. Please bring your own water for you and your pets.

Thank you.

Be safe and be prepared before heading out to the park.
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5 days ago

With the heat this week and the busy trails we have already been getting calls about dogs in distress over heat exhaustion!!!  

It isn’t safe for dogs, the elderly, those with medical conditons, or young children to hike trails in temperatures of upper 80’s and higher. Too often Fire and rescue is called for those experiencing heat exhaustion or worsening problems from the heat at the park.  

Please remember due to covid 19 that all water fountains have been covered and turned off at the park and inside the buildings.  Due to toxic algae blooms along the Illinois river it is unsafe to wade or swim even in the falls (illegal as well) or to allow your pets to drink that water.  Please bring your own water for you and your pets.  

Thank you.  

Be safe and be prepared before heading out to the park.

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Thanks for that post. We all need to be reminded that the heat is hard on us. Especially when we are exerting ourselves. Be careful out there fellow hikers!

Rita Maza Lopez

It would be nice if people would keep their dogs on a leash as well!

Are we able to hike early morning 4th of July?

Why are people so clueless!?

Are you open this Sunday July 5th? Thnx

Paige just like I was saying 😬

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