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!
Lodging provided
Bring your own Tents, Vans and truck campers, Trailers, RV & Motorhomes, Cabin
128 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


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Hipcamper Alexandra
Alexandra V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 29th, 2016

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 Jason
Jason B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 20th, 2015

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
Elva D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 5th, 2015

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
Heather S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 17th, 2015

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 Cynthia
Cynthia K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 18th, 2016

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.

Fabulous hikingThe locks on the Illinois River Hiking along the riverStarved Rock campsite
Hipcamper Hatie
Hatie P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 27th, 2016

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
Alena C.
recommends this listing.
January 16th, 2018

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

Hipcamper Bill
Bill M.
recommends this listing.
January 28th, 2018

Beautiful canyons

Hipcamper Michael
Michael E.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 10th, 2018

Definitely come to Starved Rock for the hiking. Dog friendly trails as long as they’re on leash. We came off season, around October, so we didn’t get the big crowds or see any raccoons. Facilities were pretty clean too! Highly recommend camping off season!

Starved Rock State Park
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41.316° N, 89.031° W
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Cabin & Lodging: 6 Sites
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 122 Sites
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