Starved Rock State Park in Illinois is celebrating National Trails Day on June 6. Come out for this event and spend the day hiking with the park naturalist.
The hike will take you to the top of Starved Rock and into the bottom of French Canyon. Along the way, you’ll learn the history and geology of park.
National Trails Day at Starved Rock
Those wishing to participate in the National Trails Day event should meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 12:30 p.m.
The tour should last about an hour and a half. For more information you can call the Visitor Center at 815-667-4906.
About the Park
Starved Rock State Park offers nature trails for hikers of all skill levels and several spectacular overlooks along the Illinois River.
Along with enjoying the trails, the park offers a wealth of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, horseback riding, camping, and in the winter it a great place for cross country skiing and other winter sports.
The park itself is comprised of 18 canyons which were formed when glaciers melted and the melt off sliced through sandstone bluffs. Today the park is known for its rock formations and forested areas near the river and its tributaries.
During early spring, rains and melting snow form shimmering waterfalls at the heads of all 18 canyons.
Visitor Center Displays and Exhibits
While you’re visiting the park, plan to check out the displays and exhibits at the Starved Rock Visitor Center that explain the park’s cultural and natural history. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Other Special Events
Starved Rock State Park is hosting a number of events this June aside from National Trails Day. On June 14 they will be present The Art & History of Falconry. June 20 is the perfect time to learn to kayak at Starved Rock with Kayaking 101.
Check their website for details regarding other activities available this summer.
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