We have year-round activities related to nature, history, music, and more.

See what is happening at the Rock!

Visitors Center

Visitors Center

  • Operating Hours
  • Guided Hikes
  • Exhibits
  • Talks & Programs

See what the Visitors Center has to offer!

Le Rocher Bookstore

All proceeds from the bookstore go to fund the Foundation to keep the Visitor’s Center and programs running.

What you will find at the bookstore:

  • nature books for all age levels
  • relevant research books
  • cards and local photos
  • posters and puzzles
  • binoculars
  • local history and geology
  • bird clocks
  • stainless steel water bottles
  • autographed books by local authors
  • sale table!

Hours of operation:

The hours of operation rely only on volunteers who can run the store. This means that the following hours are as much a hope and goal as a schedule. Learn more about being a volunteer

9:00am – 4:00pm*

(* If we have a volunteer to staff it! )

Trail Maps

Trails and Attractions

Whether you are looking for a guided hike or want to plot out your trek, here is what you will find outlined for each of the trails and sites at the park.

  • Overview of the site
  • Length from Visitors Center
  • Difficulty
  • Parking
  • Waterfall
  • Top view
  • Interior view
  • Wildlife
  • Views
  • Connecting trails


Nearby Attractions:

Plan Your visit

Step 1:  How much time do you have?

I have..

  • just a couple hours
  • half a day
  • all day
  • a few days

Step 2:  What variety of things do you want to do?

I want to …

  • hike in canyons
  • see waterfalls
  • walk along the river
  • see eagles

I want to learn more about whatever you have to offer on topics like…

  • Native Americans
  • Early French Explorers
  • Animals
  • Biology
  • Geology

Step 3:  What impact do you want this to have?

I want to ..

  • get outside and enjoy nature
  • spend time with friends and family
  • learn something
  • get involved and help


2 hours

For example, if you only have 2 hours, want to know the significance of the park, see some specific sites, and want to learn more about the area, then you might want to go on a guided hike to Starved Rock, check out the exhibits in the Visitors Center, and peruse the bookstore.

4 hours

If you have 4 hours, want to maximize on being active outside, and want to feel healthy, then you may want to plot a hike plan based on trails and attractions and pack a picnic lunch.

Couple of days

If you have a couple of days, want to be both outside and learn new things, and want to feel like you were both in nature but also improved your mind then you may want to do a combination of guided hikes, explore some trails, attend a program, and check out the Visitors Center.

Regardless of how much time or resources you have, help is always welcome.  Check out ways to get involved!

Travel Green

Traveling Green

is a great way to help Starved Rock and other areas you visit reduce what goes into the waste stream and to generally help the environment. Check out the Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.

Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!


Your Safety

is important to us! We want to make sure you have a good experience and protect nature.  Check out these tips and rules to help make your visit the best experience it can be.



Seasonal Changes

are a great way to see the park in different phases.  Many people ask Where are the waterfalls – When are the leaves going to change-When do the eagles get here?  All of these items are seasonal, weather, and condition dependent.

Some things to think about.