Starved Rock State Park Things to Do

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    Take a Walk in the Woods

    by riorich55 Written Apr 27, 2014
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    There are always a variety of things to do while you are at Starved Rock State Park. You can fish, hike, picnic. Enjoy the day by yourself (like I did on this trip), spend time with family or friends.

    As I mentioned in the introduction page, I took the day off by myself while my wife was pulling one of her weekend nursing duty shifts and drove the 60 miles in about 90 minutes to do some walking and take some photographs along the way practicing taking digital shots back in manual mode.

    I ended up spending about 2 1/2 hours and probably walked about 3 miles or so. Took a number of photographs. Talked to several people along the way and enjoyed the mid 60's weather on a gorgeous Saturday.

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    Starved Rock

    by Toughluck Written Apr 12, 2007

    The Legend
    In the 1760s, Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa tribe upriver from here, was slain by an Illiniwek while attending a tribal council in southern Illinois. According to the legend, during one of the battles that subsequently occurred to avenge his killing, a band of Illiniwek, under attack by a band of Potawatomi (allies of the Ottawa), sought refuge atop a 125-foot sandstone butte. The Ottawa and Potawatomi surrounded the bluff and held their ground until the hapless Illiniwek died of starvation- giving rise to the name “Starved Rock.”

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    Check out the Statuary

    by Toughluck Written Oct 18, 2006
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    That's right. Starved Rock State Park has a large number of carved statues. They're located around the Lodge Parking Lot. Eagles, Bears, and an assortment of people and creatures. Normally, only the lodge and cabin guest see them, but the area is open to the public and you're welcome to come up and browse through the offerings.

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    Visit the Overlooks

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Oct 9, 2005

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    Eagle Cliff Overlook, Starved Rock State Park

    Near Starved Rock, you can visit a number of overlooks that look out over the Illinois River. Many of them have plenty of standing room and even some benches. Lover's Leap gives you a good view of Starved Rock itself, while Eagle Cliff Overlook gives a good shot of the river and forest backdrop.

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    Hike to Council Overhang

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Oct 9, 2005

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    Council Overhang, Starved Rock State Park

    Two of the last parking lots of the park have the trailhead to Council Overhang, Ottawa Canyon, and Kaskaskia Canyon. Council Overhang is at the point of the fork in the trail between the two canyons. This is a large amphitheater carved in the rock over time. It's about a half mile, flat round trip hike from the parking area.

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    Hike to LaSalle Canyon

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Oct 9, 2005

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    La Salle Canyon, Starved Rock State Park

    There are several parking areas near Starved Rock itself, but you can also drive east on Route 71 to a few other parking areas which will provide easier access to some of the canyons. While the trails near Starved Rock are very well marked and maintained, some of the trails further east can be slightly confusing. We accidentally climbed a fairly steep hill because that's what the trail seemed to indicate, but it turned out if we had simply walked 25 feet further around the bend, the trail would have become clear again. In any case, there's a steep staircase leading from the Parkman's Plain parking area, then it's a flat 3/4 mile or so to LaSalle Canyon. This canyon has a pretty cool "double waterfall" that you can walk under the first part of.

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    Starved Rock

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Oct 9, 2005

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    Starved Rock

    Legend has it that a band of Illiniwek fell under attack from a group of Potawatomi Indians, who drove the Illiniwek to the top of this butte. The Illiniwek were surrounded and eventually succumbed to starvation at the top of the hill.

    There's a short, somewhat steep trail to the top of Starved Rock, where a marker stands. You can get a scenic view of the Rock from across the inlet at the Lover's Leap Overlook.

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