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Historic Trolley Tours
(M-Fri 3pm Departure)

March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through Read More

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2016 Fall Colors Weekend

Please note: These are the dates for 2016 Fall Colors Weekend: October 15 & 16, 2016 Have you ever wondered how or why leaves change color? Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout Starved Rock State Park to enjoy the amazing colors of fall. Learn basic tree identification, how leaves change color, and all about the history and geology of Starved Rock! Free guided hikes to see the spectacular Read More

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Wilderness Wednesday

Wilderness Wednesday takes place on Wednesdays at 3pm from June 22 – August 10. Join the fun at FOX RIDGE (located directly across from the main steps of Starved Rock Lodge)! This weekly nature education program is suited for all ages. Each week, a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Read More

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Art in the Park

Starved Rock Lodge’s Art in the Park Exhibit is the largest collection of chainsaw woodcarvings in the Midwest. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the large Native American Indian head in front of the Lodge – entitled Chief Walks with the Wind. This carving is a tribute to honor Same Sine. Sam (Chief Walks with the Wind) and his family shared Native American stories and cultural programs at the lodge for nearly 50 years. For Read More

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Kids’ Corner

Hey kids! Looking for fun and facts to help plan your visit to Starved Rock State Park? You have come to the right place. Explore our fun online resources and get to Starved Rock for endless activities and educational programs. The information below is provided thanks to the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Upcoming Events Search for Read More

Lodge & Park History

In 1835, Daniel Hitt purchased the land that is today occupied by Starved Rock State Park from the United States Government, as compensation for his tenure in the U.S. Army. He sold the land in 1890 to Ferdinand Walther for $15,000. Recognizing the potential for developing the land as a resort, Walther constructed the Starved Rock Hotel and a natural pool near the base of Starved Rock, as well as a concession stand and dance Read More

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Activities

“We’re like the History Channel meets National Geographic!” Starved Rock State Park and Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is the best getaway in Illinois. If you enjoy outdoor adventures, hiking, history and architectural landmarks, you have come to the right place. We offer guided hikes year ’round so plan a trip in the spring, summer, fall or winter! Whether you’re hiking in the rain, sunshine, falling leaves or snow – you’re sure to see breathtaking Read More