Seven Wonders of Illinois: Starved Rock State Park

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*Today’s post is part of a series of weekly posts focusing on the Seven Wonders of Illinois. As a reminder, be sure to take part in our Seven Wonders Photo Contest.

Kaskaskia Canyon

Kaskaskia Canyon

Starved Rock was named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois in 2007, and I’m happy to hear that this program is being revived.

So why is Starved Rock so awesome?  Well, for one, the multitude of canyons and waterfalls is breathtaking. Not to mention the history is rich and interesting.

When you go, make sure to check out the free museum and videos at the Visitor Center. For me, one of the most fascinating stories is how humans have lived there for more than 4,000 years!

The architectural wonder that is the Starved Rock Lodge is also worth a visit. The pine logs in the Great Hall were recycled from train trestles that were taken apart in the 1930s, and the two-sided stone fireplace is the largest in Illinois.

All-in-all, this place is a photographer’s dream. The sights will leave you awe-struck, which usually means just about every photo you snap will be a beautiful capture.  But whether you’re a photographer or not, you need to see this place.  It truly is one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois.

To see the photo entries for Starved Rock, click here. Have a great picture of Starved Rock? You can learn more about submitting a photo here.

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2 thoughts on “Seven Wonders of Illinois: Starved Rock State Park”

  1. I’m planning a family reunion for July 3, 2010 in your area. Do you have a scavenger hunt for youth to do at Starved Rock?

    1. Hi Rosella! I just called and left a message with their activities coordinator. I looked online and they do offer scavenger hunts for retreats and meetings, so they might be able to put one together for your family. Here’s the link with information:, it also might be worth trying to get in touch with someone on the phone: 815-667-4211.

      Good luck!

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