Guided hikes are the best way to learn about Starved Rock State Park and all it has to offer. With an insider’s point of view, you not only take in the beauty of the natural setting, but you learn about the state park history, safe hiking practices and little bits of knowledge that you didn’t know about the geology and cultural history of Starved Rock. And, you might meet some new friends along the way!
Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see waterfalls as they are seasonal. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited.
Book your guided hike by calling (815) 220-7386 or by clicking the links below.
Interested in hiking all the canyons in one day? MegaHikes are offered in the spring and fall. Start the day by boarding a Starved Rock Trolley with a pair of guides and travel to the east end of the park where you begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (halfway through the hike) and a specially designed T-shirt. Hike ends between 4:30-5pm. Reservations are a must. Book your MegaHike by calling (815) 220-7386 or by clicking the links below.
Saturday, April 25 @ 8:30am
Saturday, April 25 @ 9am
Sunday, April 26 @ 8:30am
Sunday, April 26 @ 9am
Saturday, September 26 @ 8:30am
Saturday, September 26 @ 9am
Sunday, September 27 @ 8:30am
Sunday, September 27 @ 9am
June 21-23, 2015
Prices listed below
This three day adventure is approximately 35 miles total and takes participants to three state parks in our area, as well as a state trail, each offering a diverse landscape. From waterfalls, canyons and a bluff walk to the tasty meals you will enjoy, this event will be the most vigorous experience we offer. You can purchase each day individually, 3 days for only $120, or as an overnight package at $320 single and $440 double occupancy. Call (815) 220-7386 for more information and to make a reservation. To book the three day Hike-a-palooza adventure, click the link below.
Day 1: Buffalo Rock State Park, I & M Canal Trail
$35 (single day hike): We travel to Buffalo Rock State Park via the Starved Rock Trolley to begin the day’s hike and see the historic Effigy Tumuli. We also see the buffalo from whom the park gets its name. Enjoy a late dinner cookout before traveling to the Illinois & Michigan Canal for a 5 mile evening hike. Be sure to bring a flashlight! We may even get to see some wildlife that call this area home.
Day 2: Starved Rock State Park
$55.00 (single day hike): Begin our 13.4 mile day with our trolley transporting us to the furthest point east in Starved Rock State Park. We hike and experience 12 canyons before lunch and visit six canyons after lunch. In the evening, a well deserved dinner will await you at our Main Dining Room. Following dinner, we will gather at Fox Ridge to reflect upon the day’s adventure around the fire pit, maybe even enjoy a roasted marshmallow or two.
Day 3: Matthiessen State Park
$45.00 (single day hike): Start the day with a trolley ride to Matthiessen State Park where we will traverse through many unusual but beautiful rock formations, consisting of an upper and lower dells area where waterfalls can often be enjoyed. Lunch will be approximately halfway through the hike. After completing about 13 miles, the trolley will return us back to Starved Rock State Park.
Thursdays, 9 am
Would you like someone to hike with you? Don’t know where to hike? Meet us on Thursdays at 9am in the Lodge lobby for pre-planned group hikes. These hikes take a few hours and usually end around noon. The best part is the hiking schedule changes each week and repeats itself each quarter so you get to see each part of the park in every season of the year! Some hikes head to the Nature Preserve, Matthiessen or Buffalo Rock State Parks. Hike 12 times and earn a free lunch at the Main Dining Room! No pre-registration is required. Please wear appropriate clothing, shoes and bring a water bottle! Ask for a full schedule at the Front Desk or call the Lodge for more information at (815) 667-4211. Click here for a three-month hiking schedule.
Select dates from May-September
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and get to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of 8 and guests with limited mobility may find this event too strenuous. Teams should consist of 2-4 people and at least one person must have a valid driver’s license and their own transportation as driving is involved. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 am in the Lodge Lobby. Race start time is 11:30 am. $50/couple. For more information and to make a reservation call (815) 220-7386.
All Amazing Race dates are Sundays.
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There’s nothing better than getting out of the office and into the woods for an invigorating hike. Let us guide your group so you don’t have to worry about hiking off the trails. We can add a Trolley ride to shorten the hike or tour the town. From the stunning views at Eagle Cliff to the deep canyon walls centuries old, the unexpected beauty of Starved Rock will allow your group to clear their minds and enable them to return to your next meeting more focused and ready to work. We’re happy to customize the hike and quote the package with add-ons that work best for you. For more information on guided hikes, please call us at (815) 220-7386.
Wildflower Pilgrimage Hikes
April 25 & 26, 2015
This is one of three annual, guided hikes offered by the Starved Rock Foundation. Destination and length of hike depends on participants interests and knowledge of the park and wildflowers. This hike is free and open to the public. Hikes depart from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9am and 3pm. For more information, please call the park office at (815) 667-4726.
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls & Bald Eagles in flight! We hike from Starved Rock Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a Starved Rock backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge at 2pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction. The round-trip distance of this hike is about 4.5 miles. Remember to bring your binoculars and cameras. A homemade granola bar and bottled water are included along with a Starved Rock backpack and voucher for small hot chocolate or coffee (in our Cafe) upon your return. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to reserve tickets call us at (815) 220-7386.
Starved Rock is more than just a great State Park, the Lodge and Park offer a variety of special events to enhance a guest’s experience. These events range from Teddy Bear Tea’s for the children, to musical Tribute to the Stars shows for the older crowd. If you’re looking for educational activities, we’ve got ‘em! If you’re looking for memorable events that touch your heart, we have that as well. As much as Starved Rock makes for a great day trip, teaming up your overnight stay with one of these events makes for an experience that will last.
For information about our special events, please call us at (815) 220-7386.