Starved Rock State Park (about 1 1/2 hours from the Quad Cities) is definitely worth the drive! Starved Rock State Park is a wilderness area on the Illinois River and is known for its steep sandstone canyons formed by glacial meltwater. Several, including the St. Louis, French and Wildcat canyons, have waterfalls. 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.
One Lodge Lane, Oglesby, IL
Starved Rock State Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. It features an impressive myriad of canyons, each with its own waterfall (which are active depending on the season). The park was voted as the top attraction of Illinoisans and for a good reason and is worth a visit any time of the year. You can hike the 13 miles of trails, rent canoes, or go fishing… Or do a Trolley Tour (info below!).
Trolley Tours Available
Relax and enjoy one of the various trolley tours! Trolley transportation is included with every tour. It’s the perfect way to learn about the rich history of the Starved Rock area. Reservations are required. Book online or call the Activities Office at (815) 220-7386.
- Historic Trolley Tours
- Fall Color Trolley Tours
- Waterfall & Canyon Trolley Tours
- Bald Eagle Trolley Tour
- Christmas Trolley Tour of Lights
- Winter Wildlife Trolley Tour