Trail Maps

Trails and Sites

View/Download trail suggestions (pdf) courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Less than 1 mile hike:
Starved Rock trail from VC.pdf Starved Rock trail from VC.pdf

Less than 2 mile hike:
Starved Rock  French Canyon trail from VC.pdf Starved Rock French Canyon trail from VC.pdf

2-2.5 mile hike:
French Wildcat Lovers Leap Eagle Cliff Overlooks trail.pdf French Wildcat Lovers Leap Eagle Cliff Overlooks trail.pdf

4-4.5 mile hike:
French Wildcat LaSalle Tonti Lovers Leap Eagle Cliff Overlooks trail.pdfFrench Wildcat LaSalle Tonti Lovers Leap Eagle Cliff Overlooks trail.pdf

1.5 mile hike:
Lovers Leap Eagle Cliff Overlooks trail.pdf Lovers Leap Eagle Cliff Overlooks trail.pdf

3 mile hike:
Aurora Sac Kickapoo St. Louis trail.pdf Aurora Sac Kickapoo St. Louis trail.pdf

1, 3, or 10 mile combination hikes:
Illinois Ottawa Kaskaskia Canyons and Council Overhang trail.pdf Illinois Ottawa Kaskaskia Canyons and Council Overhang trail.pdf

List of canyons and sites

  • Aurora Canyon
  • Basswood Canyon
  • Beehive Rock
  • Campanula Trail
  • Council Overhang
  • Eagle Cliff
  • French Canyon
  • Hennepin Canyon
  • Illinois Canyon
  • Iroquois Canyon
  • Kaskaskia Canyon
  • Kickapoo Canyon
  • LaSalle Canyon
  • Lone Point
  • Lonetree Canyon
  • Lover’s Leap
  • Ottawa Canyon
  • Owl Canyon
  • Sac Canyon
  • Salt Well
  • Sandstone Point
  • Starved Rock
  • St. Louis Canyon
  • Tonti Canyon
  • Wildcat Canyon

Hike by estimated time

  • Less than an hour
    • French Canyon, Starved Rock (round trip from Visitors Center)
    • St. Louis Canyon (round trip from Visitors Center)
    • Council Overhang, Kaskaskia Canyon (round trip from Visitors Center)
    • Campanula, French (round trip from the Lodge)
    • Aurora, Sac, Kickapoo (round trip from the Lodge)
  • 1 to 3 hours
    • French Canyon, Starved Rock, and Eagle Cliff (round trip from Visitors Center)
    • Lodge to the top trail Aurora, Sac, Kickapoo, and St. Louis Canyon (one way from the Lodge)
  • 3-5 hours
    • LaSalle Canyon, Tonti Canyon (round trip from Visitors Center)
    • Visitors Center, Starved Rock, French Canyon, Eagle Cliff, Wildcat Canyon, Tonti Canyon, LaSalle Canyon (one way from Visitors Center)
  • all day
    • The River Tour:  Starved Rock, French Canyon, Lovers Leap, Eagle Cliff, Wildcat Canyon,  Basswood, Lone Tree, Tonti Canyon, LaSalle Canyon (round trip from Visitors Center)
    • The whole park East to West:  Salt well, Illinois, Iroquois, Council Overhang, Kaskaskia, Ottawa, Hennepin, Hidden, Owl, LaSalle, Tonti, Lone Tree, Basswood, Wildcat, Beehive Overlook, Eagle Cliff, Lover’s Leap, Pontiac, Starved Rock, French, Campanula trail, Aurora, Sac, Kickapoo, and St. Louis (one way from parking at Illinois Canyon)

Notes:  These times are based on recommended parking areas listed in the trail links on this page.  One way assumes you have a vehicle waiting at the end of the trail so you can drive back to your embarkation point.

Guided hikes

Free hikes

Please come to the Visitor’s Center and check in at the information desk to see if there are Starved Rock Foundation volunteers available to take you on a hike.  Hikes range in topics based on the volunteer available.  Hikes from the Visitor’s Center are free of charge (we encourage you to make a donation).

Saturdays:  Hikes are schedule all year round at 9:30 am.

Sundays:  From the 3rd weekend of June through the last weekend of November s at 9:30 am.

Paid hikes

The Starved Rock Lodge offers some wonderful options for folks who would like more choices.  Check out the lodge activities!