Starved Rock State Park
2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby, IL 61348
Starved Rock State Park is one of Illinois’ most beautiful destinations. The park’s 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs.
A wooded trail leads to Lover’s Leap Overlook, with views of the river and Starved Rock Dam. Park wildlife includes white-tailed deer, bald eagles and migratory birds.
Recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting.
Note: There is a one mile sidewalk surrounding the Starved Rock Lodge with an observation deck behind the Lodge.
There is also a sidewalk along the river by the main parking lot which gives a good view of Starved Rock from its base.
The art exhibit of the The Lodge, the Visitor Center, and the park office are accessible.
Visitors can also drive to the Starved Rock Lock and Dam Visitor Center and observe the park from the north.
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Fun Fact: The park’s name is derived from a Native American legend of a band of Illiniwek who died of starvation atop the 125-foot sandstone butte.