Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oglesby, IL that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Starved Rock trail is a loop trail to the top of a rock outcropping overlooking the river valley and is known for its eagle viewing. The trail is paved and boardwalk with a lot of steps.
Best hiking in northern Illinois. Great views any time of year. Waterfalls are mostly wet weather and worth seeing. Well maintained and marked. French and St Louis Canyons are easy hikes with a big return. Starved Rock and Eagles nest offer spectacular views of the river and Eagles in the winter. Wildcat canyon offers a very tall waterfall and a lot of stairs! Lodge offers really really good food, their Gorgonzola Chicken nachos are my fave
Did the whole thing today, from Visitors Center to Illinois Canyon and everything in-between. So many great sights and one heck of an adventure. Was all really well kept trails until around Hennepin - is much less traveled until ottawa canyon... lots of spiderwebs to run into :). Then the path to Illinois Canyon was really overgrown and muddy. Other than that it was amazing and recommend it.
don't go on the weekends super busy, lots of family's. it was a nice place to hike and I will definitely go again...through the week though!
pPerfect place for Fall hiking. We stayed at the lodge as well. Loved it.
Honestly, how could you not love everything about this place? The hike is challenging if you want it to be, and easy if that's what you're looking for. It's great for kids, couples, or solo hikes. Stunning views and the best waterfalls in the state are in this area in my opinion.
The only downside to the park is that it is a popular park, which means there's no shortage of teenage kids playing music on their phones, which is not why most of us are out there. Other than that, I have zero complaints!
I love hiking here all year, but winter and spring are my favorite times. Winter has amazing frozen waterfalls and spring has great flowing waterfalls.
The Starved Rock area has been on my list of things to do for quite some time now. The undulating topography, scenery, proximity to the City of Chicago were all pluses.
The trails appear to be broken up into the categories: "Lookout" and "River" paths. The latter of the two are extremely easy hikes. Paths on the higher elevations are steeper, but maintained well with stairs and timbers.
The apex of our hike was reaching the waterfall on the Canyon trail.