Utica, IL 61373
Rock State Park
has thirteen miles of hiking trails and eighteen canyons. The park,
with its St. Peter's sandstone overlooks, is located along the south
side of the Illinois River, one-mile south of Utica. It is midway
between the towns of LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa.
Parking Lots 8 a.m. to sunset
will appreciate the beauty of Starved Rock by hiking the trails
and enjoying the park's many activities. Boating, fishing, camping,
horseback riding, picnicking, and winter sports can all add to your
Starved Rock experience. Rental of canoes, boats, horseback rides,
and skis are available.
Note: No Climbing, Rappelling, or Swimming
--- Please Stay on Marked Trails
to the fragile nature of the St. Peter Sandstone formations, it
is very important that visitors stay on officially marked trails.
Climbing, scrambling, or rappelling on the rocks and canyon walls
is prohibited. Extensive erosion damage and serious personal injury
have occurred because of people disregarding these laws.
Visitors' Center offers displays
and information about the area's geology, French and Native American
history, flora, and fauna. We can also provide to you information
about other area attractions such as hiking, lodging, biking, horseback
riding, camping, fishing, river rafting, canoeing, boating, and
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Daily
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Interpretive Program at Starved Rock State Park helps the visitor
enjoy and understand the environment. The more the visitor knows
about the area, the better they will appreciate the park.
Special Events at Starved Rock State Park
2014 Winter Schedule
January 1, 2014- America's State Park's First Day Hike:
Start you new year out right with a guided hike through Starved Rock State Park. Learn all about the history and geology of the park. Enjoy Bald Eagle viewing from the top of Starved Rock! The hike will leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. and is free! State parks throughout the country will be participating in the "First Day hike. Come join us!
January 18 & 19, 2014 Winter Wilderness Weekend:
Guided hikes to see the spectacular ice falls of Starved Rock. Enjoy bald eagle viewing and the geology of Starved Rock . Meet at the Visitors Center at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm.
January 25 & 26, 2014 Eagle Watch Weekend
Eagle viewing and birds of prey shows. Sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society.
April 26 & 27, 2014 Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage:
Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock. Guided hikes leave from the Visitors Center at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm.
Oct. 18 & 19, 2014 Fall Colors Weekend:
Guided hikes to view the spectacular colors of fall. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm.
Sponsored by the Starved Rock Foundation
southbound: South to I-80 east (exit #59). Go 2 miles to exit
#81 (Route 178, Utica). Go south (right) 3 miles on Route 178
and follow the signs into the Park.
northbound: North to Exit #48 (Tonica exit). Go east (right) for
approximately 5 miles to the T-intersection, which is Route 178.
Go north (left) for approximately 5 miles and follow the signs
into the Park.
Eastbound and Westbound: Get off at exit #81 (Rt.178, Utica).
Go south 3 miles on Route 178 and follow the signs into the Park.
the Chicago area: Take I-294 or I-355 south to I-55. Take I-55
south to I-80. Go west on I-80, 45 miles to Exit #81 (Route 178,
Utica). Go south (left) 3 miles on Route 178 and follow the signs
into the Park.
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