Hiking Trails

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Notice:

10/27/20: The bridge over Fox Canyon and sidewalk leading to the lodge from the large parking lot will be closed on Tuesday, October 27 from 9 AM to 1 PM for a routine inspection. Barricades will be in place to redirect traffic.

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.

13 miles of trails await your discovery

Exploring the majestic bluffs and canyons is the park’s primary attraction and there are 13 miles of well-marked trails to help you enjoy them. The trails are open all year, but hikers are urged to exercise extreme caution and to stay on official trails. To keep you oriented, trail maps are located at all trail access points, intersections and points of interest. There are colored posts along the trails, corresponding to colors on the maps, and letter symbols on the trail brochure to further assist you. Finally, yellow dots on posts indicate that you are moving away from the lodge or visitor center, and white dots mean you are returning.

Dogs are allowed at the park as long as they are kept on a leash, their owners pick up after them and dispose of waste in trash cans, and provide them adequate water while on the trail (do not drink from waterfalls, creeks, or the river).

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