Surrounded by the flat, seemingly endless fields of Illinois farm country, a totally different topography is found within the Starved Rock State Park. It’s a unique contrast that will amaze you with its scenic trails and canyons and for sure you will enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.
This amazing park is situated along the south bank of the Illinois River, less than 160 km (100 miles) from Chicago. As the water rushed downstream it eroded and stripped away everything in its path except the resistant St. Peter sandstone. A hike to the top of a sandstone butte or exploring any of the 18 canyons gives each visitor a memorable experience.
The name of the park is connected from a Native American legend. In the 1760s, Chief Pontiac of the Ottawa tribe was attending a tribal council meeting when an Illinois-Peoria stabbed him. Vengeance arose in Pontiac’s followers and…
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