This 2,000-acre zoological park is home to over 50 different species native to Illinois. Bison, elk, bobcat, black bears, cougars, otter and more can be seen in their natural habitat. A must see! The parks mission is conservation, education, and recreation for its nearly 140,000 annual visitors. As one of the Midwest’s leading destinations, visitors from across the globe have enjoyed its beauty and wonder.

Take advantage of everything the park has to offer above and beyond animal trails — Mountain biking and hiking, fishing, winter sledding, disc golf, and lodging.

Starved Rock State Park

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.

Rock Island Trail


What is now Rock Island Trail was formerly the Peoria and Rock Island Railroad Company railroad between Peoria and Rock Island, passing through the small towns of Alta, Dunlap, Princeville, Stark, Wyoming, and Toulon.

As the railroad corridor reverted to nature, much of the original tall prairie grasses have returned. These abundant native grasses compliment flowering perennials, hardwood trees, and wildflowers along the streams and rivers which cross the trail.

Enjoy more than 26 miles of uninterrupted nature!

Park Information

Improved access points to Rock Island Trail are at Alta, Wyoming and Toulon. Parking, water and pit toilets are located at access areas. Parking-only facilities are located at Dunlap (on Parks School Road) and Peoria/Stark County line (North Cedar Bluff Road, 00N). Where the trail intersects the small towns along its route of city streets and sidewalks, directional signs are utilized.

The park office is in the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Depot located in Wyoming. Since the depot is open as staffing is available, phone (309) 695-2228 or email dnrparksadmin@illinois.gov if planning a visit.

Our family loves taking bike rides and going for picnic lunches and dinners. We love the bridge over the Kickapoo creek, the train bridge over the RIT and exploring the RIT Kickapoo creek recreational area/campground.” -Beth J

“We always bike to Wilhelm entrance and take trail to Dunlap, past library and past Dunlap proper. I’ve always wanted to have a picnic near the Kickapoo bridge, but we end up stopping by the Dunlap library, a good place to stop for a drink + snack, maybe even a trip to the library!” -Pam G


“We mainly use the section from Pioneer Park to Dunlap. The tunnel is a highlight as is crossing the Kickapoo Creek bridge. We plan to do a through hike this summer from trail head to trail head.” -Jeff F

Announcing Our Little Adventures Guide!


As an outdoor recreation outfitter and supplier for babies, children, and young adults, Bushbaby is just as passionate about getting kids outdoors as the families that regularly visit our store! We know there are some great outdoor activities and educational opportunities for families in our beautiful state, but they are not always easy to find.

Our new initiative, Little Adventures Guide, offers a perfect solution with a unique guide to nature, outdoor recreation, and exploratory education in Illinois! This guide is beautifully hand-lettered** and printed on canvas that kids can color after they visit each location and enjoy its fun activities.

Soon we will also have an online component with photos, videos, and maps to provide additional guidance. Watch for our updates twice a month, posted on our social media, in our emails, or in the store, featuring each location individually—all while highlighting what makes them special and the reasons we chose them.

We expect this initiative to grow and evolve over time and we can’t wait to share more as families get involved!

Canvas guides + posters are currently available in our store and online.

**Thank you to Chelsie Tamms with Lettering Works