Fall Colors Weekend 2014

Aerial View of Lodge in the Fall


Contact: 800-868-7625 ext. 386

Have you ever wondered how or why leaves change color?  Now is the time to hike Starved Rock! Check out the 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 (a National Historic Landmark)! 

Take a Hike—and a Lunch on both Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm ($17 per person)
Join us for a guided hike from the Lodge to LaSalle and Tonti Canyons.  Participants meet in the Hotel Lobby to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” souvenir backpack.  Hikers will 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 2:00 pm.  This hike is classified as strenuous.  Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.  Hike will be approximately 4 ½ miles round trip.  Lunch includes your choice of turkey, ham or peanut butter and jelly; bag of chips; freshly-baked cookie; piece of fruit; and a bottle of water.  Advanced reservations are required.  Space is limited.  $17 per person.  For more information or to book call (815) 220-7386.

Fall Colors Weekend – Guided Hikes (Starved Rock Visitor Center)
Visitors are invited to enjoy a guided hikes through the park to see the beautiful colors of fall.  Learn how leaves change color.  Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. each day.  Hikes are free! For more information contact the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906 or email us at dnr.starvedrock@illinois.gov

Tips for Fall Colors weekend: (hike only on marked trails and review all park rules before hiking)

Best Illinois River Valley View: from the top of Starved Rock, from Lover’s Leap and Eagle Cliff.
Best canyon and cave combo: Ottawa Canyon and Council Overhang
Best photo of a canyon entrance: French Canyon
Best sand, boulders, cave walls: St. Louis Canyon
Biggest canyon: LaSalle Canyon (and Tonti Canyon)

Starved Rock Trailmaps are available at the Visitor Center (black-and-white at no charge). Map & Dining Guides are available at Starved Rock Lodge.

The GPS address of Starved Rock Lodge is: 2668 East 873rd Road; North Utica, IL 61373.