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A Place Called: Starved Rock State Park

A Place Called: Starved Rock State Park

Located on the Illinois River, Starved Rock State Park does not come up short when it comes to nature trails, breathtaking views, and deep history. Travelers come from all over the country to see the beautiful rock formations, canyons, and waterfalls. Whether you’re into hiking, camping, fishing, or canoeing, Starved Rock has a place for you to explore and create memories.

The area that now embodies Starved Rock State Park has been inhabited by humans since 8000 B.C. and gets its name from the Native American legend of injustice. It is said that a battle resulted in the starvation of a band of Illiniwek as they refused to surrender, eventually dying atop some of the sandstone formations that are still there today. The park’s landforms date back 425 million years ago and contain rock formations of St. Peter sandstone. 18 canyons were formed by melting glaciers and stream erosion and now serve as a focal point for the park.

Starved Rock is a must-see for the avid hiker. It embodies over 13 miles of hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, natural springs, and sandstone formations. The trails are open all year long, which allows the opportunity to see the same sites in a variety of ways. Though the attractions stay the same in form through the duration of a year, the changing colors in the fall and the fluffy white snow in the winter create two completely different experiences. In order to learn about the true history of Starved Rock State Park while seeing the beauty of nature, you can partake in a guided hiking tour that allows you to learn the park’s history from an expert.

Pack your bags and make a weekend out of your trip to Starved Rock State Park. Camping is a great way to get the full experience of everything the park has to offer. Stay at the Starved Rock Lodge or bring along a tent and stay at their campground. Camping at the park allows you to get the full experience of everything it has to offer. Whether it’s fishing one day and canoeing down the river the next, staying at Starved Rock is the best way to see everything the park has to offer.

Next time you’re craving to get away from reality and experience the nature you deserve to see, consider visiting Starved Rock State Park. The beautiful views, endless activities, and deep history are sure to satisfy your need for adventure!

Happy hiking, friends!

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