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. And, you might meet some new friends along the way!


Guided Winter Hikes from Starved Rock Lodge


Guided Winter Hikes are offered every Saturday & Sunday from December 6, 2014-March, 2015. Hikes run from 11:00-2:00 pm. Price: $12 per person

Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls & Bald Eagles in flight!  We’ll 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 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.  The round-trip distance of this hike is about 4.5 miles round trip. 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 Lodge MegaHikes 2015 ($37 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.

Saturday April 25, 2015 at 8:30 am

Saturday April 25, 2015 at 9:00 am

Sunday April 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

Sunday April 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Saturday September 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

Saturday September 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Sunday September 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

Sunday September 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

BACK FOR 2015! 2nd Annual Hike-a-palooza


Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, June 21-23, 2015

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)

walkers clubWould 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. For more information and to make a reservation call 815-220-7386.

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Teambuilding Hikes

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.



1019 Marsh Marigold copySeasonal Hikes with the Starved Rock Foundation

Spring: 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 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. For more information, please call the park office at (815) 667-4726.


Take a Hike & Lunch-Guided Hike

$18 per person

Our guided hike Group will depart from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone.  Waterfalls are a good possibility in the Spring and early Summer as they are seasonal.  The guide will tell the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths.  The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stair and uneven terrain. This hike is approximately 4.5 miles round trip and classified as strenuous as it includes climbing a major stairway. To book your Take a Hike & a Lunch experience, call 815-220-7386.