New Hours During COVID Guidelines and Restrictions:
Open Monday through Friday from 9 - 4
Closed weekends and holidays.
Situated along the scenic Illinois River, the Starved Rock Visitor Center should be the first stop when visiting the park.
The visitor center is open 9:00 AM – 4 p.m., Monday through Fridays at this time. Closed on weekends, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King, Lincolns Birthday, and Presidents Day.
Trail maps are available inside the center, in brochure racks by the front and back doors, and large scale maps at every trail intersection and parking lot. Park staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain the trail system and give trail advice.
The park will be going paperless over the next few years, and
completely paperless in regards to trail maps by 2023.
Educational displays inside the center will help acquaint visitors with the park history, geology, flora, and fauna of Starved Rock State Park.
Several informational park videos are highly recommended and available upon request: (Closed during COVID).
In the Shadow of the Rock
Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois
On the Wings of the Wind
Smokey and Friends