Winter brings an enhanced sense of serenity to Starved Rock State Park. Taking a walk around the Lodge grounds, at night, when the snow is falling puts you in direct contact with nature in a way you may have never experienced. Your most difficult choice is whether to retreat to your cabin in the woods where you can enjoy the glow and warmth of the fireplace or spend a few hours in the pool, hot tub and sauna (indoors and heated, of course).
There’s a certain thrill of being the first person to hike into the woods on freshly fallen snow…ahead of the deer and wildlife that live here. Hiking on snow can be a slippery, but if you wear YakTrax on your shoes, your footing will be much improved. The walk from the Lodge to Lover’s Leap and Eagle Cliff is awe inspiring. A portion of the trail is boardwalk, which can make the hiking easier. Extra caution is needed if trails are icy.
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours run throughout January and February at Starved Rock Lodge and offer guest s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy lunch in the historic dining room, stop at two Visitor Centers and see America’s symbol of strength: the bald eagle. Don’t miss Eagle Watch Weekend on January 25 & 26, 2014. Click here to learn more.