Guided hikes are the best way to learn about the 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 park history, safe hiking practices and little bits of knowledge that you didn’t know about the geology and cultural history of Starved Rock.
Take a Hike & Lunch-Guided Hike
April – November
$17 per person
Guided hikes with lunch are offered by Starved Rock Lodge on Saturdays and Sundays from April through November. Participants meet in the Hotel Lobby to pick up a lunch and a souvenir “Starved Rock” backpack. Our friendly guides from Starved Rock Lodge will share their knowledge of Starved Rock State Park (named a National Historic Landmark in 1960) and Starved Rock Lodge (named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985). Our guided hikes are classified as strenuous. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate (waterproof) shoes. Lunch includes your choice of turkey, ham or peanut butter and jelly; bag of chips; home-made granola bar; piece of fruit; and a bottle of water. Please bring extra water in hot weather (we recommend 2 per person). Advance reservations are required. Space is limited. $17 per person. For more information and to book call 815-220-7386.
The hike will leave the Lodge and go along the Bluff Trail with a stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. This hike is approximately 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous as it includes climbing a major stairway.
St. Louis Canyon
Hikers will begin by hiking to St. Louis Canyon where they will stop for lunch - in the canyon! The hike returns to the Lodge and then to the top of Starved Rock. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. This hike is approximately 5.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous as there will be multiple stairways.
Too book your Take a Hike & a Lunch experience, call 815-220-7386.
Note: Guided WINTER Hikes begin on December 6, 2014.
Starved Rock Lodge MegaHikes 2014
Our Fall Mega Hikes will take place on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.
Check back for Spring 2015 MegaHike dates!
($35 per person)
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well, now you can do it in one day. There are two MegaHikes offered each year; one in the spring and one in the fall.
Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30 a.m. & 9:00 a.m. both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.. Finish times are approximately 4:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
The day begins as you will board a Starved Rock Trolley with a pair of guides and travel to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed T-shirt.
Reservations are a must.
For more information and to make a reservation please call the Activities Department at (815) 220-7386.
To book a Mega Hike online, click on a link below.
Fall Mega Hike 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 8:30am – Please call for information
This three day adventure will be approximately 35 miles total. This trek will take 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 have planned so far. You can purchase each day individually, 3 days only $120.00, or as and overnight package at $320.00 single and $440.00 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.
An overnight stay package is available for Hike-a-palooza. Call 815-220-7386 for details.
Day 1 Buffalo Rock State Park, I & M Canal Trail 4:00pm – 10:00pm
$35.00 (single day hike) You will 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 will 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 see some wildlife that call this area home.
Day 2 Starved Rock State Park 8:30am – 8:30pm
$55.00 (single day hike) Begin your 13.4 mile day with our trolley transporting you to the furthest point east in Starved Rock State Park. You will hike and see 12 canyons before lunch and visit 6 after lunch. In the evening a well deserved dinner will await you at Elements. Following dinner, at Fox Ridge we will gather to reflect upon the day’s adventure around the fire pit, maybe even enjoy a roasted marshmallow or two.
Day 3 Matthiessen State Park 8:30am – 3:00pm
$45.00 (single day hike) Start the day with a trolley ride to Matthiessen State Park where you will traverse through many unusual and beautiful rock formations, consisting of a upper and lower dells area where waterfalls can often be enjoyed. Lunch will be approximately ½ way. After completing about 13 miles the trolley will return you back to Starved Rock State Park
Half-day Hikes with the Starved Rock Walker’s Club (free)
Would you like someone to hike with you? Don’t know where to hike? The Walker’s Club meets on Thursdays at 9:00 am in the lobby of Starved Rock Lodge 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, plus some hikes head to the Nature Preserve, Matthiessen or Buffalo Rock State Parks. Hike 12 times and earn a free lunch at the Lodge Main Dining Room! No pre-registration is required. Just meet in the lobby with appropriate clothing, shoes and a water bottle! Ask for a full schedule at the Front Desk or call the Lodge for more information at 800-868-7625. Click Here for a 3 month hiking schedule.
The Amazing Race-Starved Rock Lodge-style!
Select dates from May-September
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting 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 to 4 people and at least one person must have a valid driver’s license and their own transportation as there is driving involved. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 a.m in the Starved Rock Lodge Lobby. Race start time is 11:30 a.m. $50.00 per couple.
Race Dates for 2014: All Amazing Race dates are Sundays.
June 8 & 22
July 13 & 27
August 10 & 21
September 7 & 21
For more information and to make a reservation call 815-220-7386.
Guided Winter Hikes from Starved Rock Lodge
($12 per person) Available from December through the end of March (then our warm weather “Take a Hike & a Lunch” returns) Offered every Saturday & Sunday from December-March. Hike runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls & bald eagles in flight at we travel from the Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a souvenir “Starved Rock” backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap for the best view of majestic eagles, the scenic river valley and the Illinois Waterway Lock and Dam. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction on your shoes or boots. Hike will be about 4.5 miles round trip and is considered strenuous. Remember to bring your binoculars and camera. Included are: homemade granola bar, bottled water, souvenir “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.
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. At the end of the day, we have WiFi in the woods, so everyone can leave their cell phones behind for a few hours and truly enjoy nature at its best. From the stunning views at Eagle Cliff to the deep canyon walls created over centuries, 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 and add-ons that work best for you. For more information on guided hikes, please call the Activities Department at (815) 220-7386.
Seasonal Hikes with the Starved Rock Foundation
Spring: Wildflower Pilgrimage Hikes Check back for 2015 Wildflower Pilgrimage dates! 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 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. For more information, please call the park office at (815) 667-4726.