Chicago, IL: Starved Rock Trail

This beautiful 4.3-mile loop adjacent to the Illinois River adds welcome relief--waterfalls, sculpted sandstone canyons, and impressive overlooks--to the usually pancake-flat landscape.
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This beautiful 4.3-mile loop adjacent to the Illinois River adds welcome relief--waterfalls, sculpted sandstone canyons, and impressive overlooks--to the usually pancake-flat landscape.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.6

Waypoints

SRT001

Location: 41.3205680847168, -88.9923629760742

Head SE from visitor center

SRT002

Location: 41.3182334899902, -88.9876174926758

Turn N (left) to river overlook

SRT003

Location: 41.3205833435059, -88.9879150390625

Lover's Leap overlooks a lazy Illinois River; continue hiking SE

SRT004

Location: 41.3202514648438, -88.9861297607422

Eagle Cliff; keep river on L

SRT005

Location: 41.3183670043945, -88.9838638305664

Beehive Overlook; continue SE

SRT006

Location: 41.3166847229004, -88.9829483032226

Waterfall plummets down colorful rock strata; stay ESE on river's edge

SRT007

Location: 41.3127822875977, -88.9648361206055

Superb view of Owl Canoyn; turn around and head back WNW

SRT008

Location: 41.3143348693848, -88.9707336425781

Trailhead for LaSalle Canyon Loop; head S

SRT009

Location: 41.311351776123, -88.970817565918

Waterfall; head N on trail

SRT010

Location: 41.314266204834, -88.9714508056641

Loop ends @ main trail; head ENE to Bluff Trail

SRT011

Location: 41.3157348632812, -88.9755859375

Veer L up stairs; head NW on bluff

SRT012

Location: 41.3157997131348, -88.9767837524414

Sandstone Point; Continue NW for 1 mile back to visitor center