Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wilderness Wednesday - Starved Rock State Park

Monday we took advantage of Kovas and the kiddos free day and headed down to Starved Rock State Park.  Starved Rock is one of our favorite parks - it always amazes us that we are only an hour and a half from home, yet the cliffs and waterfalls make it seem like we're in a different state entirely.  Nestled within 2,630 acres of lush forests visitors can hike either along the Illinois River or choose the bluff trail and enjoy spectacular views including 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater and stream erosion.  Most of the trails that we have hiked are not paved and have many stairs, so not for strollers or wheelchairs.  We were prepared to carry Little A, our two year old in our Kelty backpack, but to our pleasant surprise - except for a couple of flights of stairs, he walked the entire way.

Starved Rock
Stairs at Starved Rock
Although we have not covered all 13 miles of trails that the park offers, we followed a route that we have done in the past - specifically to see the Wildcat Canyon.

Starved Rock - Wildcat canyon
Wildcat Canyon

We timed it perfectly with the weather - for our two hour hike we had sunny blue skies with near 50 degree temperature.  By the time we returned to the lodge for lunch, the clouds had moved in and the wind picked up.  Perfect time to pack up and head home - and as soon as we started to drive - Little A was fast asleep.

From hiking to fishing to boating, from horseback riding to bird watching (especially eagles) to camping, there’s so much to do that you’ll come back again and again. 

What's your favorite state park?

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  1. That was such a good outing, love how the kids aer already planning on going back.

  2. So pretty and I will admit--I wouldn't expect that in Illinois! We have a beautiful state park nearby here called Patapsco. It's huge and I'm pretty sure I will never see all of it in my lifetime!

  3. Love, love, love Starved Rock. We've been there many times and I never get tired of going there.


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