Lover's Leap Overlook Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Lover's Leap Overlook Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a waterfall 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.

1.7 miles
249 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


historic site

1 month ago

6 months ago

Popular trail, went late in evening to avoid crowds..Boardwalk and stairs make for easy hike. Great views of Illinois River from Starved Rock overlook and Lovers Leap

8 months ago

Nice abs scenic trail. Enjoyed my time hiking with the family. AllTrails is right when they say it's heavily trafficked. A lot of people on the trails and parking lots were full. Still a great hike and worth going I'm sure I'll go back but I'd like to find some lightly trafficked routes for now

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

so many stairs!!! great workout!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Beautiful. Lots and lots of stairs so not recommending for those with small dogs. Bald eagles everywhere. In my opinion, Starved Rock is the best hiking I've found in our flat state of IL

Monday, October 03, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016

I'm a sucker for waterfalls, absolutely gorgeous, never would think such beauty is in IL. I go back every year, you just can't get enough of all the falls! Pet friendly too!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lots of elevation changes on this trail. Lots of stairs in spots. Excellent views from various points along trail. Can see lots of wildlife as well.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

This is steep at times getting down to the fall, slick from moss, nice swimming if there is water

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rare trail for Illinois. Nice overlooks and canyons. Recommend as a destination. Also Buffalo Rock and Matthiessen state parks are must to round out the trip.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Friday, May 18, 2012

Excellent trail, challenging but rewarding. A lot of elevation changes and beautiful rock formations. At first it seemed very crowded, but the crowds subsided as we entered the heart of the trial.

Monday, April 30, 2012

super fun

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

one of the most beautiful places in Illinois. the canyons and waterfalls are so amazing you will forget you are in Illinois. one of my favorite places to hike.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

great place beautiful

Friday, March 16, 2012

I went early February and it was COLD. But that meant getting to see Wildcat Canyon's partially iced waterfall, which was pretty awesome. The hiking trails were moderate, if not easy. Some elevation changes but I'm out of shape and it wasn't difficult. The hardest terrain would probably be the man made stairs really. There's a handful of viewing spots along the river with a little story/history written down. Neat place to learn about a park and take kids out for a day's adventure. I'm looking forward to going again soon, especially now that I have this app.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

This whole trail system will impress all year round. The trails will inspire the novice hiker and challenge the adventurous. There are many closed trails located to the East of the system, but I suggest you stay off them if you do not have the experience or the equipment to get out of a sticky situation (I say this from experience.)

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Sunday, January 01, 2012

best seen now when the falls are frozen

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Always a favorite. Lookingn forward to another January hike to see the eagles. Great hike any season.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

A great place to get a good workout and enjoy the view. There are several tall (for the state) cliffs and canyons to climb. You can see wild turkeys in the summer and bald eagles in the winter. If you go on the weekend it will be very crowded. The view from the end of Eagle Cliff is amazing.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nice trail system. Better to go on the weekdays when its not so crowded. If you can catch it when the falls are running it better.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The area was VERY VERY flooded so I am not sure if this is a very fair review - I remember going in high school and loving it. It was very buggy and be careful they have a lot of poison ivy so stay on the trails. Also we needed some super bug spray - we had to leave to go get some before coming back to try another trail (again could have been the flooding).
Also for those with any knee or hip issues there isn't really a way to avoid a large amount of stairs...(sorry mom)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Horribly boring and only made worse by noisy crowd.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

For Illinois, this sure makes you forget you live in a mostly flat state. It is a quick trip that lets you forget you're still close to home. A great place to go for a weekend getaway or just a day trip!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I thought this was excellent for my first hiking adventure. Trails are clearly marked and easy to follow. AWESOME!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Starved Rock State Park is about as pretty a place as you can find in northern Illinois. (That not really saying a lot.) But is is very crowded on weekends. If there were twentysimilar places in the Chicago area to absorb the crowds, this might be a good place to go, but every loud-mouthed suburbanite in Chicagoland seems to go there and bring their bratty, loud-mouthed kids.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Greatly enjoyed scaling the c.40 (?) feet high rock formation where there were excelent views all around! And of course it was quite an experience imaginging going back in time when a group of Indians (?) were cornered up there in some kind of skirmish and thereby starved to death. (I will verify the accuracy of these points and post an update, unless a member meanwhile knows more about this place?--please let us know, mahalo!)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Great hike for Illinois, river views, waterfall views (spring/early summer only), and a few mild hills (which is hard to find in Illinois).

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

For Northern Il. amazing! My Favorite get away in northern Il. Easy to Moderate hiking, with several waterfalls (Go in spring or after rainy period, some falls stop running in dry seasons) Runs along Il. River for several miles Has canyons U wont believe your in Il.! For less crowds start at east end at a pull off spot and begin your hike, severalHikes in that are very nice and few people. But a must is Lasalle Canyon and walk behind the waterfall (If with kids a must). Park has a Restrant suvinors Museum and Lodge. The Musem gives you the history of Starved Rock. Fishing is also great, sring gives you Sauger and White Bass runs..

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