"Starved Rock State Park" Starved Rock State Park by PinkFloydActuary

Starved Rock State Park Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 42 photos

Beautiful Northern Illinois

As surprising as it is to read those words, it's true. Many people don't know about this gorgeous park just an hour or so west of Chicago in Utica, Illinois. Beyond the history, and how it got it's unique name, there are over 13 miles of trails, many which lead to fantastic canyons, rock formations, and waterfalls. You can easily spend a couple of days hiking the trails in this park.

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  • Pros:Lots of trails and great scenery
  • In a nutshell:Northern Illinois does have its beautiful spots
  • Last visit to Starved Rock State Park: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Thanks for the great photos and tips - I was wondering how Starved Rock State Park got it's name! Judging from your impressions and the photos, I can see why this rugged little spot has a hold on you!

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2007 at 7:18 AM

    nice tips and pics from VT Giempiero's member of the day on this beautiful state park that i should have seen by now :-)

  • Wendy67's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    We spend a lot of time here. I wouldn't really consider it "northern" Illinois though. Nice pictures.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2006 at 12:47 PM

    You are right that this is a very nice park that the out-of-town masses miss just a few miles south of I-80! Good overview and pics.


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