Hike to St. Louis Canyon at Starved Rock State Park

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  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Waterfall
Wildlife

St. Louis Canyon is one of the more popular hikes in the park.  The hike from the visitor center or lodge is 1.5 miles.  For a shorter hike you can park just south of the park entrance on Route 178 and hike 10 minutes to the canyon and falls. Spring is the best time to see the waterfall and winter also provides a unique perspective once the waterfall freezes and turns into an ice fall.

Starved Rock has some very interesting rock formations you can explore.  The valley was formed by a series of floods as glacial melt waters broke through moraines, sending torrents of flood water surging across the land that eventually eroded the sandstone and sedimentary rock.  If you arrive in the winter you get to experience ice falls and bald eagles from December to early March.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
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