Even though fall lasts for three months, the first part of this season is the most spectacular, especially at Starved Rock State Park. Pops of color can already be seen on the west trails leading to St. Louis Canyon. Believe it or not, poison ivy turns bright red before other leaves show their true fall colors. Towering White Oak and Sugar Maple foliage turn orange and gold as the season progresses. The first frost sparks the ultimate color change which is expected to peak in mid-October.
The best way to experience the spectacular display of fall colors is with a 45-minute, guided hike to scenic Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon, located on the east side of Starved Rock State Park. Relax on a Starved Rock trolley ride and enjoy lunch (special menu) in the restaurant. Choose from a 9:30am or 11am start time on any Saturday or Monday in October. Tickets for the Fall Colors Trolley Tour are $32 per person.
Another great way to soak up the beauty of Mother Nature is on our Autumn on the River Cruise. This leisurely boat ride allows passengers to see Starved Rock State Park from the Illinois River. The tour is offered every Thursday and Friday in October and begins with lunch in our historic dining room. After that, guests board the Starved Rock Trolley and learn about the rich history of Starved Rock as they travel to the Eagle 1 to showcase the east side of the park. The tour concludes about 2:30pm. Tickets are $45 per person.
Reservations are required. Pleas call (815) 220-7386.