TEMPORARILY CLOSED 2020.
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 – 4:00 PM daily (closed Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King , and Presidents Day). The Park Office inside the Visitor Center is open for business Monday through Fridays only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King, and Presidents Day).
Trail maps are available inside the center, in brochure racks outside, and large scale maps at every trail intersection. Park staff will be on hand to explain the trail system and give trail advice from 9-4 daily. 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:
In the Shadow of the Rock
Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois
On the Wings of the Wind
Smokey and Friends
Guided Tours -2020
Visitors are more than welcome to hike on their own, but for those who would like a guided hike or tour, where they can discover the rich history, geology, flora, and fauna of the park can pre-register for outdoor hikes of the canyons and indoor museum tours of the visitor center's exhibit hall with the Park Interpreter/Natural Resource Coordinator, Lisa Sons.
Guide Hikes will start at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, through November 1st, 2020. Hikers must wear a mask for the registered hikes.
Visitor may also pre-register for guided tours of the visitor center's exhibit hall with the Park Interpreter. Tours will start at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Visitors registered for the tour must wear a mask.
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at Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks.
2020 Special Events and Programs at Starved Rock State Park
All events require advanced registation at www.Eventbrite.com - Registration opens January 1st, 2020
Schools and Scout groups may arrange reservations for a guided hike on the parks history and geology to Starved Rock and French Canyon: September-April, Wednesday and Thursdays only. Please contact the park office Monday through Friday at 1-815-667-4726, or email DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov.
Scout Badge in a Backpack program as well as the Junior Ranger Program are available at the Front Desk of the Visitor Center upon request.
Binoculars, dog bowls, and dog leashes available for rent (FREE) with drivers license at the Front Desk of the Visitor Center from 9-3:30 daily.