Description

Drink in the beauty of 18 epic canyons that were formed by ancient glacial meltwater and stream erosion when you crash at Starved Rock Campground. The unique canyons slice through forested sandstone bluffs, creating unique scenic views all around. There is also no shortage of adventures and explorations to be had here, with plenty of nature trails, fish whispering, and kayak Continue reading...
Drink in the beauty of 18 epic canyons that were formed by ancient glacial meltwater and stream erosion when you crash at Starved Rock Campground. The unique canyons slice through forested sandstone bluffs, creating unique scenic views all around. There is also no shortage of adventures and explorations to be had here, with plenty of nature trails, fish whispering, and kayak skimming awaiting. You gotta check out St. Peter sandstone while you’re here, which was formerly laid down in a shallow inland sea for like a bajillion years. Probably why it’s called Starved Rock!
Accommodation provided
Cabin
No. of sites
128
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Picnic table available
RV hookup available
RV sanitation available
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Snow sports
Wildlife watching
Biking
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Starved Rock Campground

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Hipcamper Jason
No recommendation provided

Starved Rock is a great place to hike but the campground is nearly always crowded and loud... not to mention expensive. Great place for a family get-together, since the bathrooms/showers are relatively decent, but look elsewhere for peaceful camping.

Hipcamper Elva
No recommendation provided

Love Starved Rock for hiking, but not camping. Hickory Hollow is 2 miles away and we always prefer to stay there. Family owned, nice grounds, and away from the crowds. Day hike at starved rock, but stay at any other camping resort outside of the park.

Hipcamper Heather
No recommendation provided

There are three state parks right around here and this is a fun destination. The raccoons at this campground are very aggressive. As night falls, they come up from the canyons near the campground. Five of them trotted right past us.

Hipcamper Alexandra
No recommendation provided

Should you hike at Starved Rock? Heck yeah, it's gorgeous. Should you try to find a place to camp there? Not if you want to sleep. I've tried camping at the campgrounds within the park twice now (probably closer to seven times if you count the times I looked and the sites were all booked.) I absolutely love this park, but the campgrounds flood, the raccoons have formed a food-jacking motorcycle gang, and the other campers don't understand "quiet time." Go for the waterfalls and the trails, but stay at one of the private campgrounds nearby.

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Hipcamper Cynthia
No recommendation provided

Stayed here back in 2006. The campsites are typical for state parks, close.
I didn't keep which site we were at. Modern bathrooms & showers.
The hiking is fantastic! There's a beautiful visitor center also. We stayed 3 nights & explored the area.

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Hipcamper Hatie
No recommendation provided

Starved Rock is a lot of fun if you go in the off-season or early in the morning. I went in late October thinking no one would be out and found it was physically difficult to walk on the Starved Rock paths because there were so many people - you had to turn sideways! The campgrounds were even full and parking was overflow as people parked on the streets leading into the area. I suggest going in the morning in the winter as it's gorgeous. Wear yaktraks or similarly tractioned footing as the walkways can be very slippery. The waterfalls are beautiful when frozen!

Hipcamper Alena
Recommends this listing

Prepare for a lot of people. Popular site but great for those looking to get away in the Midwest.

Park
Starved Rock State Park
State
Illinois
Phone Number
815.667.4726
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
41.316° N, 89.031° W
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