Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Deer Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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1 day ago

Hiked this trail this morning with my pup. We passed other groups every 5-10 minutes. The hike was scenic and not too strenuous minus the stairs going back up to the trailhead/parking lot. Sad to say that water was not flowing in Lasalle Canyon, but it was still beautiful scenery.

8 days ago

Starved Rock is a very popular attraction, so I do recommend arriving early to beat the crowds, allowing you to stay ahead of everyone else during your hike. Ottawa Canyon and Kaskaskia Canyon are further down on the trail, and less popular as most people don’t make it that far. It’s definitely worth it though. The trail to the canyons travels through some varied terrain and if you make it all the way to Kaskaskia Canyon, there is usually a waterfall and a decent pool at the base.

8 days ago

LaSalle Canyon is one of the canyons at Starved Rock that consistently has a waterfall, as water movement can vary largely. I do recommend arriving early to avoid too much of a crowd, especially on the weekends. It is a very popular Canyon at the park. The bridge to Tonty Canyon has been out recently, so access on the return trail is difficult unless you are willing to venture below the bridge.

Great streams, canyons and small waterfalls, the views from the top are spectacular. Discovered some fantastic vantage points.

hiking
1 month ago

The canyon is beautiful. Unfortunately the Tonti Bridge was closed when we went on our hike, so we had to go back the same route we came instead of making the loop as intended. We went at about 8:00am on a Saturday morning and only saw 4 other people on the trail. Very peaceful and fairly easy, just a few places that you should watch your footing in the canyon.

2 months ago

My favorite of the Starved Rock trails

Easy but decent number of stairs. Beautiful waterfall

The views would be better if the park took care to trim the trees but that being said the feeling of peace is epic up there!

3 months ago

Lots of beautiful foliage, flowers and plants blooming right now and the greenery is heavenly right now! We were lucky enough to experience a light shower with thunder rolling and the Canopy of trees was already thick enough to buffer the raindrops. I just wish the trail was a bit cleaner in spots, there’s lots of garbage that needs to be picked up near the river.

This is a nice hike with an initial side trip to a small waterfall. The waterfall is close to to the entrance, so it was crowded. The hike is much nicer when you make it to the river.

hiking
4 months ago

two thumbs up

hiking
4 months ago

Great experience. Favorite section of the park

hiking
8 months ago

Love it! I plan to come back in winter time.

11 months ago

Mark Stedham's picture is of LaSalle Canyon, NOT Tonty Canyon.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Very easy to get lost. Signs aren't very well posted. And lots stinging nettle everywhere!! If going to do make sure you wear long pants and long sleeves!!! I didn't and I was in pain! I think if I had known in advance and covered with clothes all over I would have liked it more.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Good hike. Great waterfalls. Tough hills

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Good hike. Great waterfalls. Tough hills

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Good hike. Great waterfalls. Tough hills

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Good hike. Great waterfalls. Tough hills

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Their is a HUGE difference from the Vermillion River Area (Red River Trail) and the Dells area at Matthiessen. Holiday weekend the Dells was nutso so checked out this area. While the map near the parking seemed detailed, it was different than the website map. The trails themselves aren't marked well. We relied more on the help of other hikers on where the trails went. If not, would have been real easy to get lost.
And unlike the Dells area, there are No stairs here, it's all hill getting down to the river area. With that being said, it was a good hike. I love the Dells area and would give 5 stars if the trails were marked better.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

This was our first time at Starved Rock and we were able to do a couple trails during our visit, this being one of them. It was me, my wife, our 10 year old and our two boxers. We were there in mid-June (2017), on a weekday, so it wasn't crowded at all, however I heard it can be on the weekends. LaSalle canyon can be accessed from a longer hike, beginning at either of the Starved Rock Park ends, however it's most directly/easily accessed by parking at Parkman's Plain, which is right off of 71. There's a parking lot there with easy access to the river trail. The trail begins in a heavily wooded area by trekking down numerous flights of wooden steps, which ultimately lead you to the river trail. It's a wide, shaded trail that runs along side the river. After going alongside the river for a bit, there are clearly marked signs that indicate where to branch off to see LaSalle canyon. Once you reach the canyon, you'll be swept away by it's beauty. Gorgeous rock formations complete with a waterfall you can stand under or walk behind. The water also flows along the graded canyon floor, creating a natural waterslide. Upon exiting the canyon, you have the option of going a different route along the river trail to continue your exploring, or you can simply go back out the way you came.

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