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Guided Winter Hike

Guided Winter Hikes are offered every Saturday & Sunday from December-March. 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 Read More

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Evening Under the Stars – Sky Tour & Astronomy Event

Friday, August 1, 2014 8:30pm-10:00pm Starved Rock State Park Campground *Sponsored by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, Starved Rock State Park & Twin City Astronomers Enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring the night sky with the Twin City Astronomers Club. This family friendly evening will involve taking a laser-guided sky tour and using telescopes to view planets and other celestial wonders. *Weather Permitting* For more information call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906

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Sunday Concert with Kevin Kramer

Sunday, June 15 Fox Ridge 3pm Spend your Father’s Day afternoon enjoying live music at Fox Ridge. Feel the cool breezes under the lofty pines of Fox Ridge accompanied by relaxing and entertaining music by local guitarist/vocalist Kevin Kramer. Kevin performs a great combination of covers and original work. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair or take a seat on the benches at Fox Ridge. Don’t forget to stop at the Café located inside Read More

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Wilderness Wednesday

Wilderness Wednesday take place every Wednesday at 3pm from June 17 –August 12. 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 Read More

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Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Hepatica, Bellwort, and Violets, oh my!   Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock State Park.  Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park identifying wildflowers and discussing Native American uses of those wildflowers.  Learn all about the history and geology of the park!  If conditions permit, sparkling waterfalls will flow in canyons.  Guided hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. & Read More

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Guided Winter Hikes from Starved Rock Lodge

There’s no better way to see the Winter Wonderland at Starved Rock than with a guided, Winter Hike. Offered every Saturday and Sunday from December through March, the hike is about 4.5 miles round trip. These hikes depart from the Lodge (Hotel Lobby) at 11:00 a.m. and returns to the Lodge at approximately 2:00 p.m.  Some of the amazing thing’s you’ll see (if cold temperatures allow) are frozen waterfalls and American Bald  Eagles in flight. When conditions 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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Fall Colors Trolley Tour (Every Saturday in October) 9:30am & 11:00am

Every Saturday in October, our Fall Colors Trolley Tours have two departure times. The 9:30 am tour begins with Trolley Tour and guided hike and ends with lunch at 12:00 pm in our historic Main Dining Room. The second departure starts with lunch at 11:00 am and the Trolley Tour and guided hike follow. Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, hot lunch in the Main Read More

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MegaHikes 2015

2015 MegaHike Dates are: September 26 & 27 Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well, now you can do it in one day! The MegaHike is an adventure you’ll treasure for years to come. There are two departure times, hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30 a.m. and  9:00 a.m., both days, but we’re almost sold out! Expected time for lunch is 1:00 pm for the earlier group and 2:00 Read More