The French Canyon Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back hike in Starved Rock State Park. The trail features a beautiful waterfall and gorgeous sandstone cliffs.

Starved Rock State Park features great opportunities to see eagles and other birds. The trail is open year round for a variety of activities (fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing). Dogs are allowed on the trail if kept on leash. 

Photos: Gabe Popa and Peter Sdaito

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Picnic lunch or snack 
  • Camera for fall colors 
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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 410 Feet
Activities Canoeing, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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