Trolley Tours

Home / Activities / Trolley Tours
or view:


Trail Update: All trails are open except the Lodge’s (eastside) Veranda staircase and Illinois/Ottawa Canyon connecting trail. Matthiessen Dells Area at Matthiessen State Park is now open. The trail closest to Lake Falls and shelter is still closed as well as the Vermillion River Access area. For more information, please visit IDNR’s website.

Per Illinois guidelines, face coverings are required in all buildings (and trolleys) at Starved Rock Lodge & State Park.

Limited Tours Available Now

Relax and enjoy one of our various trolley tours! Trolley transportation is included with every tour. It’s the perfect way to learn about the rich history of the Starved Rock area. Reservations are required. Book online or call our Activities Office at (815) 220-7386.

Historic Trolley Tours

Resume in November

When Historic Trolley Tours return, you’ll learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge as the trolley takes you to Buffalo Rock State Park, through historic downtown Utica and to the Starved Rock Visitor Center.

  • Various Dates in Nov & Dec: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm
  • $12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/children 10 & under

Fall Color Trolley Tours

Experience the spectacular display of fall colors with a 45 minute, guided hike to scenic Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. Relax on a Starved Rock trolley ride and enjoy lunch off a special menu in the restaurant.

  • Runs in October
  • Saturdays & Mondays at 9:30am & 11am
  • $32 per person

Ghost Trolley Tours

Your costumed, ghoulish guides will captivate your imagination and escort you to destinations where ghostly sightings, orbs, voices, and unexplained happenings have reportedly haunted the area, some for generations. Three hop-off destinations are included in the 100 minute tour.

  • Runs in October
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 6pm & 8pm
  • $30/person

Christmas Lights Trolley Tours

Relax and enjoy the holidays on the illuminated tour just before Christmas. Let our staff do the driving while you experience some of the area’s spectacular light displays. Trolleys are heated but you may want to bring a blanket. Please note: The restaurant will open early for dinner reservations before the tour. To book this tour, please call (815) 220-7386.

  • There are no restroom stops on this tour
  • Runs December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20
  • 6-8pm
  • $18 per person

Eagle Trolley Tours

Enjoy a short trolley ride to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing from their observation deck and an educational presentation all about eagles. This tour includes lunch in our restaurant from a special menu during the week and brunch on Sunday. Dress warmly.

  • Runs in January & February
  • Monday & Wednesday at 11am $30/person
  • Saturday at 9am & 11am $30/person
  • Sunday at 10:30am $35/person

Waterfall & Canyon Trolley Tours

This tour begins with a hot lunch off a special menu in our restaurant and a short trolley transportation ride to three trail entrances. From there, experience outdoor adventure with three 45 minute guided hikes to French, St. Louis and Ottawa Canyons.

  • Runs in April & May
  • Saturday at 9am & 11am
  • Monday at 11am
  • $35/person

Keep In Touch