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Best trails in Starved Rock State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Starved Rock State Park, Illinois? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Starved Rock State Park ranging from 1.7 to 26.8 miles and from 452 to 652 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Enjoy hiking along the nature trails or viewing the many spectacular overlooks along the Illinois River, recreational opportunities abound. This park is made up of 18 canyons formed by glaciers. The park is best known for its fascinating rock formations, primarily St. Peter sandstone. Reservations for regular campsites and youth group sites require a $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee and payment of the full camping and utility fees at the time the reservation is made. The camping fee for a regular campsite is $25.00 per night unless it is a holiday at which time the campsite fee is $35.00.

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Map of trails in Starved Rock State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2630 acres
Contact
815.667.4726
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Top trails (20)
#1 - Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
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.Show more
#2 - Saint Louis Canyon Trail
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h
Saint Louis Canyon Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Utica, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#3 - Lover's Leap Overlook Trail
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 51 m
Lover's Leap Overlook Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
#4 - French Canyon Trail
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
French Canyon Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options aShow more
#5 - La Salle Canyon
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
La Salle Canyon is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkinShow more
#6 - River Trail, Bluff Trail, and Illinois Canyon Loop
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
River Trail, Bluff Trail, and Illinois Canyon Loop is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ottawa, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#7 - Illinois Canyon Trail
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 24 m
Illinois Canyon Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ottawa, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#8 - Ottawa Canyon
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
Ottawa Canyon is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, waShow more
#9 - Pontiac Canyon, Wildcat Canyon and Beehive Overlook
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
Pontiac Canyon, Wildcat Canyon and Beehive Overlook is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail Show more
#10 - Hennepin and Wildcat Canyon
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Hennepin and Wildcat Canyon is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, wShow more
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