Hike to St. Louis Canyon at Starved Rock State Park

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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.

Distance

3 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Waterfall
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

LaSalle / Peru KOA

North Utica, Illinois

Kankakee South KOA

Kankakee, Illinois

Chicago Northwest KOA

Union, Illinois

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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