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Starved Rock State Park, Oglesby

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An ancient home of the Kaskaskia tribes, Starved Rock State Park is now famous for canyons and waterfalls and welcomes over 2 million guests annually. Nestled along the banks of Illinois River, the park offers cruises and water activities, 21 km (13 mi) of hiking trails, and organized activities throughout the year. Start at the visitor center, which has educational displays and maps. Take a trolley tour of the area, or participate in a guided tour of the 1874 Victorian mansion. Ask about tasting locally produced wines. Check out the gift shop's offerings of nature-related merchandise, such as birdhouses, nature games, binoculars, and books on wildlife. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Oglesby trip simple and quick.
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  • I wish I could rate this higher than a 5. The views in these canyons are unlike anything I have ever seen. If you can/will go during the week and in a slight rain you are more likely to be alone in....  more
    I wish I could rate this higher than a 5. The views in these canyons are unlike anything I have ever seen. If you can/will go during the week and in a slight rain you are more likely to be alone in....  more »
  • My wife and I camped at the campground the week of July 4, 2022. We've been there several times so we knew what to expect, or so we thought. The park has a "run down" feeling to it. Supposedly one of....  more
    My wife and I camped at the campground the week of July 4, 2022. We've been there several times so we knew what to expect, or so we thought. The park has a "run down" feeling to it. Supposedly one of....  more »
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  • Starved Rock State Park is an excellent place to hike. The actual starved rock is a very cool place to look around and it is not a very hard or long path. There are plenty of good hiking paths that go throughout the cliffs and rivers. The restaurant and conference center are a good place to rest and have great views. The restaurant’s food is not exceptional but it is pretty good. The nachos are very good. Starved Rock State Park is a unique state park and one of my favorites.
  • Peaceful, green and beautiful hikes not too far from Chicago. Clean facilities, ample parking. Mostly easy-moderate hikes. Well maintained trails. The small museum gives a glimpse into the native American history of Illinois, I must read more. Overall a great day trip from Chicago.

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