Situated along the scenic Illinois River, the Starved Rock Visitor Center should be the first stop when visiting the park. The visitor center is open 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day). The Park Office inside the Visitor Center is open for business Monday through Fridays only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day). Trail maps are available inside the center and in brochure racks outside the building. Park staff will be on hand to explain the trail system and give trail advice. Educational displays inside the center will help acquaint visitors with the park history, geology, flora, and fauna of Starved Rock State Park. Three informational park videos are highly recommended and available upon request: Orientation, In the Shadow of the Rock (history), Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois, On the Wings of the Wind (bald eagle), and Smokey the Bear, A Day in the Forest.
Free guided hikes to Starved Rock and French Canyon are available every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. from the third Saturday in June through the second Sunday in November. Hikes leave the Visitor Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will return by 10:45 a.m.
Schools and other organized groups may arrange reservations for programs and guided hikes by contacting the center at 815-667-5356, or emailing the Natural Resource Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cub Scout and Girl Scout, Scout Badge in a Backpack program is now available as well as the custom Starved Rock Scout Patch Program. Please contact the Visitor Center or email email@example.com for more information.