Starved Rock State Park

November 19, 2007 at 12:09 am 3 comments

Last week, I was able to sneak in an afternoon visit to Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park.  I visited three of their overlooks – Starved Rock, Lover’s Leap and Eagle Cliff.  All were amazing, especially with the vivid fall colors.

Illinois River and Lover’s Leap from Starved Rock

View from Lover’s Leap Trail

Changing Leaves and Evergreens from Eagle Cliff 

Most impressive though was the very intricate “trail” system they had.  It was almost all wooden walkways, stairs and elaborate decking.  The fact they built all that is amazing enough, but the fact that they can maintain it all and keep the park completely FREE is incredible.  Kudos to you, State of Illinois. 

Lover’s Leap Trail

Decking on the way to Lover’s Leap

Elaborate decking at Eagle Cliff

The Lover’s Leap “Trail” winds around a rock.

More pictures of my visit to Starved Rock State Park can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Hiking, Illinois, Starved Rock State Park, Travel.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  November 19, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Sooo jealous. Went for my “fall colors” hike over the weekend, but the leaves were all off the trees, so I have to find old slides to do the post this week. I’d had to delay the hike too long because of the fires! Hope you don’t mind if I live vicariously through you. 🙂

  • 2. tgaw  |  November 19, 2007 at 12:29 am

    @geekhiker– Because of our rain issues on the east coast, our colors are a little sub-par this year. Apparently, Illinois hasn’t had the same precipitation problems.

    Also– California gets fall colors?!? I hope you don’t mind that I learn new things through you. 🙂

  • 3. Aaron  |  November 20, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I’m totally in love with the Lover’s Leap trail!


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