Lover's Leap Overlook Trail

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Starved Rock State Park

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 options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 249 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

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icy
muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Amazing trail, the path is clearly laid out and wooden most of the way

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icy
snow
4 months ago

Perfect hike for a perfect 56 degree day!!

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7 months ago

very easy. some stairs but the boardwalks have good handrails. the overlook is pretty fantastic.

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9 months ago

nice trail overlooking a dam. Good history. a few chipmunks and birds

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

Lots of boardwalks and stairs! The path by the water is cement

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10 months ago

Lots of stairs but a great view.

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11 months ago

A bit of a boring trail but a very easy walk. A lot of people were out on the Fourth of July, but when I went the next day as well I saw three people the entire time (I did go very early in the morning).

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Tue Apr 30 2019

Went in August 2018. It was outrageously packed. This is basically just a walk by a river/timber. Trail is pretty easily accessible and easy to walk. It’s wooden.

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Wed Mar 27 2019

The trail is easy to follow, lots and lots of stairs up and down the rocks. Trails are way more controlled than they were 20 years ago. There were so many people, it was hard to enjoy any silence. It was also a very hot day, and several people had to be medically evacuated for overheating. The overlook is nice, but it's not nature, you can see 10 giant factories up and down the river and they're ugly. Make sure to bring water if it's hot out, my group of 4 drank 2 gallons in our short time on the trail.

Wed Jan 02 2019

One of the best views of the park!

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Sun Oct 21 2018

Amazing views!

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Tue Jul 31 2018

Awesome trail! Going back soon to explore more of the park. Beautiful views, beautiful waterfalls and an excellent place to explore. Can't wait to go back!

Tue May 22 2018

It wasn’t what I expected. The hike itself was okay. To many people and a lot of steps.

Mon May 14 2018

Easy peasey. Some stairs an alright overlook. Trees need to be trimmed in some parts of the lookout for a better view.

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Thu Jan 25 2018

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Sun Sep 10 2017

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

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Mon Jun 19 2017

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

Tue Mar 07 2017

so many stairs!!! great workout!!

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Fri Feb 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

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Mon Oct 03 2016

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Thu Sep 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!

Thu Jul 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.

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