Beyond the borders of Starved, there’s even more exiting nature to explore in LaSalle County! Here are five other hiking destinations you should be sure to visit on your trip.

Matthiessen State Park:
Canyons, streams, prairie grass, dense forests and a perpetually flowing waterfall. What more can you ask for? This geological marvel is located just a stone’s throw away from the Starved Rock State Park, offering a wide array of unusual vegetation and a chance seeing some amazing wildlife up close.

Buffalo Rock State Park:
The bluff outcroppings at this park unmatched views you’ll find of the Illinois River, while it’s winding prairie trails take you past one of the nation’s largest pieces of landscape art, Michael Heizer’s Effigy Tumuli. While you’re there, be sure to pay a visit to Pebbles and Cocoa, the two American Bison that call the park home.

I&M Canal:
The 15-mile stretch of canal that runs from Ottawa to LaSalle is one of the best bicycling destinations in the entire state. You’ll pass three historical towns, astounding scenery all while hiking or biking right along the bank of the storied I&M canal. Now, you don’t even need to bring your own bike to explore the trail, reserve an app-powered rental bike outside LaSalle’s Lock 16 Visitors Center