If you haven’t visited the Starved Rock area, it might be time to start making plans for a trip.
In just under two hours, a road trip to Starved Rock will transport you to what has been voted as the number one attraction in Illinois, according to the picturesque state park. Starved Rock features a number of scenic canyons, waterfalls and 13 miles of trails over a more than 2,600 acre area along the southern side of the Illinois River.
More than two million visitors flock to the Lasalle County site, just outside of Utica, Illinois. In addition to hiking the trails, boating, fishing and taking in nature, Starved Rock also has an official lodge as well as cabins where you can stay and get the full experience. The lodge even features the state’s largest two-sided fireplace! There are also plenty of hotels and lovely bed and breakfast spots in the area to relax after a day of activities.
Starved Rock may seem like a place to go solely during the warmer months, but that is definitely not the case. Ice fishing and even horseback riding can be done during winter as well as eagle watching, which is one of the highlights of the colder months thanks to the thousands of birds that migrate to the area at that time of year.
In addition to all of the outdoor activities, like camping and picnics, the area also has two wineries, August Hill Winery and Illinois River Winery, where visitors can enjoy tastings. The neighboring towns around Starved Rock are also home to a host of great restaurants including Uptown Grill and Social Kitchen in Lasalle, IL, as well as Brandy’s Fine Food & Cocktails in the city of Peru.
To learn more about what Starved Rock has to offer, visit the state park’s website. (http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/)
By Aricka Flowers-Turck, Topics & Trends Staff Member