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  • Starved Rock State Park at Utica

Hotel Near Starved Rock State Park

One of the most beautiful parks in Illinois, Starved Rock State Park offers a breathtaking landscape of dramatic sandstone canyons, bluffs, rock formations, waterfalls, picnic areas and 13 miles of marked hiking trails through the rugged terrain. Hike the trails, explore the canyons or fish and boat on the Illinois River. The 18 dramatic ?canyons? at Starved Rock were formed by glacial melting and stream erosion. Climb Starved Rock - carved by millions of years of erosion - and learn about the legend of the Illinois Indians who died there in the 1700′s. The natural beauty and history of Starved Rock State Park will blow you away.



Visitors Center: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00pm


Free to Public. Prices for tours, activities and boat rentals vary.


  • Dinner Cruise on Belle of the Rock
  • Water Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria
  • Art in the Park
  • Canal Boat & Trolley Tours
  • Take a Hike & Lunch


  • Hiking & Climbing
  • Fishing, Boating & River Cruises
  • Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting
  • Horseback Riding
  • Trolley Tours & Ranger Programs
  • Cross-country Skiing

Hiking Trails

Starved Rock State Park is a recreational paradise with 13 miles of well-marked trails through 18 deep canyons, bluffs, tall rock outcroppings and the most scenic waterfalls in Illinois. Hike to the top of Lover’s Leap Overlook and Eagle Cliff and enjoy breathtaking views. The park offers guided hikes through LaSalle and Tonti Canyons.

Water Sports

Starved Rock State Park offers exciting water adventures like boating, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing and paddle boat tours on the Illinois River. You can rent jet skis and houseboats at the Starved Rock Marina. Enjoy paddle boat tours on the Belle of the Rock and river cruises on the Spirit of Peoria.


  • What are fun activities at the park?

    Starved Rock is a recreational paradise with endless activities and adventures. Explore the dramatic canyons and waterfalls, trek miles of scenic hiking trails, enjoy fishing and hunting and see the natural wildlife and wildflowers. The park also offers camping, picnic spots, and trolley tours. In the winter, you can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
  • Are there tours of the park?

    You can take a trolley tour of beautiful Starved Rock on Ranger or Bella. Departing from the Satrved Rock Visitor Center, the Belle of the Rock offers dinner and evening cruises on an authentic paddle wheel boat on the Illinois River. Park rangers also offer nature programs and guided hikes through the park’s breathtaking trails and landscapes.

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