Outdoor Activities

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We are currently under Tier 3 mitigation as mandated by the Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker. Facemasks are required in all public spaces within the Lodge. Indoor dining is prohibited but carry-outs are available. Click here to learn more about our COVID-19 policies.

Explore the natural landscape & beauty of mother nature

Tucked away in North Central Illinois is beautiful Starved Rock State Park and neighboring Matthiessen State Park and Buffalo Rock State Park. Hike to seasonal waterfalls and sandstone canyons or explore the Illinois River by boat. Discover a remote haven filled with tranquility, natural beauty and endless outdoor adventure. Please maintain social distancing of 6-feet when you meet someone on the trail who is not in your small group.

  • State Parks

    Explore the natural wonders of Illinois State Parks

  • Hiking Trails

    Open daily from sunrise to sunset

  • Guided Hikes

    Starved Rock Lodge now offers “Take a Hike & Lunch” every Saturday & Sunday. Check in at 10:45am in the hotel lobby to meet the guide and get your lunch. Hike departs at 11am and goes to Wildcat Canyon, Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap and will return around 1:30pm. To ensure social distancing while eating, hikers will have lunch at Fox Ridge. Lunch includes: choice of ham, turkey or veggie wrap, piece of fruit, bags of chip, snack and bottle of water. Cost is $20 per person. To make a reservation, contact the Front Desk or call (815) 220-7386. Hikers should wear a mask and practice social distancing when within 6′ of other hikers.

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