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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best and most beautiful destinations for hiking in the Midwest. We know that our guests love to come here to see the natural beauty of the park, but there’s so much more to see and do. First time at Starved Rock? We suggest a guided hike and a historic trolley tour to learn about the area. We offer seasonal trolley tours, year ’round guided hikes, musical tribute shows, special events, educational programs, children’s activities and so much more! Come explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County and see why we attract more than two million visitors each year!


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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Every Thursday (year round) Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Hikes will take place the Wednesday…Read more

Friday, April 28th, 2017

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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There’s no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented, local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week from 8-11 pm with no cover charge. Come early for dinner! Ask about our wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. Disclaimer: Material may not be suitable for all ages. April 28: Stephen Bores May 5: Sean Walsh May 12: Cody Calkins May 19: Mary Lamb Duo May 26: Champaign Freight Friday, May 26: Champaign Freight   Classic Country, Rock and Pop Saturday, May 27: The Steve Sharp Band    Local Favorite…Read more

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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2017 Spring Mega Hike April 29 and 30, 2017 8:30am, 9am & 9:30am Join us for the 2017 Spring Mega Hike! Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9 & 9:30am both days. Expected time for lunch is 1pm, 1:30 & 2pm. We expect to return to the Lodge at approximately 4:30, 5 & 5:30pm. Board the Starved Rock Trolley with a pair of guides where the trolley will take you to the east end of the park to begin your trek. Included is the trolley transportation, guides, a boxed lunch (halfway) and a specially designed performance t-shirt. $37.00 per person. Reservations required.  For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386. Late arrivals will not be refunded. Saturday, April 29 @…Read more

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Visitor Center Event Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park, enjoying the variety of spring wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park. Learn about the history and geology of the park. Guided hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9am and 1pm each day.

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Waterfall & Canyon Tours April-May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under Saturdays, 9am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch and trolley ride/hike follow Experience a fun, outdoor adventure at Starved Rock with a guided hike to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, St. Louis and Ottawa. The tour also includes lunch and a relaxing, historic trolley ride. This is a hiking tour and is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. *Late arrivals will not be refunded. April Tours Saturday April 29 @ 9am – Click here to register May Tours Saturday May 6 @ 9am – Click here to register…Read more

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Waterfall & Canyon Tours April-May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under Saturdays, 9am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch and trolley ride/hike follow Experience a fun, outdoor adventure at Starved Rock with a guided hike to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, St. Louis and Ottawa. The tour also includes lunch and a relaxing, historic trolley ride. This is a hiking tour and is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. *Late arrivals will not be refunded. April Tours: Saturday April 29 @ 11am – Click here to register May Tours: Monday May 1 @ 11am –  Click here to register…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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April – November Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar,…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » 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-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm 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 historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386 or click the links below. Late arrivals will not be refunded. April…Read more

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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2017 Spring Mega Hike April 29 and 30, 2017 8:30am, 9am & 9:30am Join us for the 2017 Spring Mega Hike! Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9 & 9:30am both days. Expected time for lunch is 1pm, 1:30 & 2pm. We expect to return to the Lodge at approximately 4:30, 5 & 5:30pm. Board the Starved Rock Trolley with a pair of guides where the trolley will take you to the east end of the park to begin your trek. Included is the trolley transportation, guides, a boxed lunch (halfway) and a specially designed performance t-shirt. $37.00 per person. Reservations required.  For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386. Late arrivals will not be refunded. Saturday, April 29 @…Read more

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Visitor Center Event Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park, enjoying the variety of spring wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park. Learn about the history and geology of the park. Guided hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9am and 1pm each day.