Cross-Country Ski Weekend

Basic cross country ski instruction. Meet at the Matthiessen State Park Dells Area at 9:00am & 1:00pm. Ski-rental is available. No snow? Join us for a guided hike through Matthiessen State Park! *Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center event

Starved Rock Walker’s Club

Every Thursday (year round) Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will Read More

Take a Hike & Lunch

April – November Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. Read More

Waterfall & Canyon Tours
9am Departure

Waterfall & Canyon Tours April-May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under Saturdays, 9am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch and trolley ride/hike follow Experience a fun, outdoor adventure at Starved Rock with a guided hike to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, St. Louis and Ottawa. The tour also includes lunch and a relaxing, historic trolley ride. This is a Read More

2018 Fall Colors Weekend

Please note: These are the dates for 2018 Fall Colors Weekend: October 20 & 21, 2018 Have you ever wondered how or why leaves change color? Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout Starved Rock State Park to enjoy the amazing colors of fall. Learn basic tree identification, how leaves change color, and all about the history and geology of Starved Rock! Free guided hike to see the spectacular Read More

Fall MegaHike

2018 Fall Mega Hike September 29 and 30, 2018 8:30am, 9am & 9:30am Our Fall Mega Hike is a hike you won’t want to miss! The hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9 & 9:30am both days. Lunch will be eaten halfway through the trek, around 1, 1:30 and 2pm. We expect to return and conclude the hike at 4:30, 5 & 5:30pm. You’ll begin the day by boarding a Starved Rock trolley which will take Read More