Featurette: Starved Rock State Park in Illinois, U.S.

Starved Rock Illinois Travel Guide

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.

Starved Rock Waterfall

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.

Wildcat Canyon

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)
  • Picnicking
  • Geo-caching

Tonti Canyon Falls Illinois

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

Owl Canyon Starved Rock State Park


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:


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22 responses to “Featurette: Starved Rock State Park in Illinois, U.S.

  1. Wow, so beautiful! When I lived in Illinois, I visited only Turkey Run State Park… It was a school activity, I don’t know when I will return there, but here is already on my list 🙂

  2. One of my favorite places, there’s also Matthiessen State Park, (Rte 178, North Utica, IL 61373) just south of Starved Rock which is also very beautiful and worth a visit. Thanks for the lovely featurette.

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