Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River bluff in La Salle County is one of Illinois' most beautiful destinations. The park's 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs. More than 13 miles of trails allow access to waterfalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Lush vegetation supports abundant wildlife, while oak, cedar and pine grow on drier, sandy bluff tops.
Recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
Trails at Starved Rock State Park are NOT stroller friendly and are not safe for little children. The trails can be too exhausting for most children under the age of 8.
However, the Interpretive Trail is now available and although it is not paved or a boardwalk, little ones can enjoy a flat trail and learn about Starved Rock along the way.
"Art in the Park" is a collection of mostly chainsaw wood carvings and the entire self-guided tour is stroller-friendly. Additionally, the park now has a shallow-depth children's pool is gated and makes swimming with a toddler much more enjoyable for parents!
The IDNR Starved Rock site offers comprehensive information for visitors. In addition, the Starved Rock Visitor Center is open year-round, and a Starved Rock Lodge offers luxury lodging, cabin rooms, and fine dining.