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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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  • Nice hiking! We were aware of this place for a long time before deciding to spend a few days. We enjoy nature walks and a variety of terrain. May was a nice month to visit as the woods are nice... 
    Nice hiking! We were aware of this place for a long time before deciding to spend a few days. We enjoy nature walks and a variety of terrain. May was a nice month to visit as the woods are nice...  more »
  • The park is very large. The visitor center was very nicely done with exhibits and helpful rangers to give us direction on trails to take. The trails we took had amazing sandstone domes and a... 
    The park is very large. The visitor center was very nicely done with exhibits and helpful rangers to give us direction on trails to take. The trails we took had amazing sandstone domes and a...  more »
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  • Beautiful place been going since I was a small girl. We use to go there and swim all the time. The pool is nice and cozy. As are the whole grounds. Breathtaking views. Very nice staff in addition. We walk the dogs around usually now then sit in back and have a bite when it's not busy. ( dogs ). The trails are amazing☀️❤
  • Always worth a day trip from Chicago! Every season offers new adventures and views. In winter you can see the frozen waterfalls and warm up at the Lodge. In spring see everything awaken and the waterfalls splashing down. In summer brave the heat. It's cooler near the river. In fall see the leaves turn. It's always beautiful. Lately, the state park is drawing bigger crowds so it's worth getting there early.

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