This place is fantastic. It’s no wonder millions of people come to enjoy the facility year over year. Between the waterfalls and hiking and the adjacent town. This park has it all. Bring your Harley and enjoy the roads
Starved Rock State Park is a nice place. The camp sites are nice as well as pretty spacious on the whole. Lots of green between nearly all sites. It has rained a lot lately and it can be a little muddy, not really the parks fault. There are ports-potties in the loop and really run down shower houses at the entrance of the loops. The little store is tiny with limited hours. Firewood is expensive, but I can not vouch for the quality. The loop roads are in disrepair with a lot of broken surface and potholes. Lots of shade in the back. May or may not come back.
Nice CG! Great hiking! No Booze
Campsites are spacious with many backed up to wooded areas. The campground is close to miles of gorgeous hiking trails. Bathrooms could use some updates. Close to August Hill Winery which is a nice afternoon stop.
Overall this is about as good as you’ll get for Northern/Central IL.
Campground is ok, and a bit underwhelming but he park and hiking trails are wonderful!
Beautiful Starved Rock is Illinois's favorite state park. Hiking through forests along the Illinois River to canyons and waterfalls with eagles soaring overhead. Historic lodge with good eating, huge fireplace, quaint rooms, and cabins, and a terrific Visitor's Center. However, none of these are near the campground. The campground is actually about a 10-15 minute drive outside the main park. It's a nice campground; sites have water and electric; showers and restrooms are adequate and clean. Sites are wooded and some seem crowded together. This is a very popular park; make a reservation or you might not get a site.
This campground is close to great hikes. Beware of raccoons and poison ivy near campsites.
I set up in site 110 for the night at this nicely wooded campground. My site was very private, set back in the trees and very clean. I had large and small trees and underbrush making it impossible to see the site next to me in one direction, and no one occupying the site on the other side. With the car in the drive blocking the road, I had complete privacy. There was a short walk to porta potties and a nice walk to the modern, clean bath house. The site had the usual picnic table and fire pit and plenty of space to put my tent. There were some sites that sat in a meadow that completely lacked privacy, but with tons of space for kids to play. There is a camp store near the entrance to the campground, but I didn’t go in so I’m not sure what it’s stocked with (besides the ice in the cooler outside). Campers who like to imbibe beware: NO alcohol is permitted at this campground. There are some GREAT trails for hiking in the park, but be prepared for lots of stairs on the boardwalks that take you in and out of the canyons/ravines. I didn’t hike up to the actual “Starved Rock”, but you can observe it from the river bank.
The hiking at Starved Rock can be awesome, especially if it has rained recently and the waterfalls are flowing. Camping at Starved Rock, not so awesome. The campground is generally full if the weather is decent, so reservations are frequently required. There are different types of sites from wooded to an open field.None of the sites offer much in terms of privacy. The place has a bit of a run-down feel to it. The campground is not near most of the hiking trails, so you have to drive and park, and it can be crowded. I have been hiking in Starved Rock for years and each year it seems to get busier and more crowded. I highly recommend checking out the trails which can be done in a day, but don't consider it a camping destination.
Nice clean and quiet camp ground. Gets very full but people were respectful. Hiking in the park is great. Has a ton of steps/stairs