"Starved Rock State Park, Utica , Illinois" Utica by vytisknight

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Starved Rock State Park derives its name from a Native American legend of injustice and retribution. In the 1760s, Pontiac , Chief of the Ottawa tribe upriver from here, was killed by an Illiniwek while attending a tribal council in Southern Illinois. According to legend, during one of the battles that occurred to avenge his killing , a band of Illniwek, under attack by a band of Potawatomi(friends of the Ottawa), sought refuge atop a 125 foot sandstone butte.The Ottawa and Potawatomi surrounded the bluff and held their ground until the hapless Illiniwek died of starvation this giving rise to the name " Starved Rock ".

Starved Rock State Park offers 13.1 Miles Hiking trails to Canyons and Waterfalls, Fishing, Boating, Skiing and Sailing; Bicycling, Fairs and Festivals, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowmobiling,Ice Skating, Toboganning,Horseback riding and Hayrack Rides, Picnicking, and History of the Illinois Valley.

This area is called Lovers Leap Overlook.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very Beautiful Park that is well kept .
  • Cons:Be sure to stay on trails .
  • In a nutshell:A visit worth the time that will make many memories
  • Intro Updated Nov 19, 2002
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