Insider’s Guide to Starved Rock State Park

Experience the unique beauty of Starved Rock State Park with a stay at Kishauwau Cabins, your home away from home for exploration and outdoor adventures. Add us to your bucket list and let us guide you through some of the best activities and things to do in the area, from a local’s perspective! Then book your stay at our cabins near Starved Rock for the ultimate outdoor getaway.

People hiking in Starved Rock State Park

Take a Hike

What would a trip to Starved Rock State Park be without hitting the trail and exploring some of the area’s spectacular hikes! With scenery full of beautiful canyons and waterfalls, you’re sure to find a great hike that matches your skill level and takes your breath away.

Sandstone Point Overlook: Moderate – 4.3 Miles
Easily the most popular hike in the park, and for good reason, Starved Rock boasts gorgeous views of the River Valley below.

Ottawa Canyon: Moderate – 3.9 Miles
Home to a breathtaking waterfall, Ottawa Canyon isn’t as busy as the other trails as it’s further away from the main visitor center, and it can be a relaxing and fun trail for those willing to make the trek. When you reach the waterfall, you can even go behind it for a unique view.

Eagle Cliff Overlook: Moderate – 3 Miles
The view from atop the overlook is simply unmatched. It has a breathtaking vista that is very popular with park visitors, so it’s recommended to try and get there early if possible to avoid the crowds.

Horseback riding at Starved Rock State Park

Enjoy Dinner & A Horseback Ride

Spend a day at Cedar Creek Ranch, just 15 minutes from our cabins near Starved Rock and take a trail ride with their experienced guides and enjoy stunning views of the area’s flora and fauna. Afterward, return for a delicious trail dinner and explore some of the other activities available, including their famous Goat Yoga, which is just as fun as it sounds! We highly recommend a visit, as it’s easily one of the best experiences around for first-time visitors.

Two people kayaking near Starved Rock

Pedal & Paddle

Bike along the canal or take to the water and see the area’s waterways from a kayak! Bikes can be rented on an hourly basis from one of Canal National Heritage Area’s bike stations and are a great way to see more of the area around Starved Rock and the nearby towns. Rent a kayak and see the Park’s beautiful rock formations, sandstone bluffs, and other natural features on an aquatic adventure! They also offer guided kayak tours for anyone interested in learning more about the Park and its geological history.

Enjoy wine and charcuterie after exploring Starved Rock State Park

Learn Something New with a Tour

Exploring by yourself or with a partner can be fun and rewarding, but some of the most interesting things about Starved Rock State Park are found from the experience and knowledge of the area experts at Awesome Ottawa Tours. They have tours for all sorts of interests and specialties, and you’re sure to find something that catches your eye!

Wine Through Time
A unique tour that takes you through the dark past of the area’s history with brothels, alcohol, and illegal gambling. Play a character from the time period and visit four local watering holes, try their wines, and talk about the history with an experienced guide.

Ottawa Obscure Bike Tour
Use a provided Electra Cruiser Bike or bring your own for a comprehensive tour of Starved Rock’s strange and bizarre history. Hear stories even a Google search won’t help you find and enjoy a comfy ride through trails and streets while listening to your guide.

Porch swing at our cabin near Starved Rock State Park

Your Home Base

For a great place to stay near Starved Rock, our rustic Illinois cabins offer modern amenities and a cozy feel for your home away from home while visiting Starved Rock State Park. With spacious interiors and full kitchens, there’s enough room for everyone in your group to have an amazing stay. Relax in a whirlpool tub for two, sit outside at night and watch the stars by the fire pit, or sit on the porch swing with a loved one and watch the world go by. However you spend your time here, you can rely on us for a quality stay with beautiful natural surroundings.