Starved Rock State Park, IL

Weekend exploring State Parks in NE Illinois

An itnary by sri - 4 years ago
Duration: 1 day 10 hours
Distance covered on Earth: 260.7 km/162 mi
Budget (avg. per person): $51 to $100
Level of Planning: Zero - Just go with it
Highlights: Illinois State Parks, Starved Rock, Silver Springs, Yorkville, River Tubing, Hiking, Dams

Day 1
Start: 10:00  Chicago, IL
End: 20:00 Starved Rock State Park, IL
Mode: Foot, Car
Distance: 129.4 km/80.4 mi
The LaSalle canyon waterfall - not a lot of water, but definitely a sight to behold!Notice the water drip into the Tonti CanyonA reflective evening alongside the Illinois riverLock and Dam No. 6 at Starved Rock Lock and DamNo matter how many times you witness it, watching the sun set is always magical!!!!
Sights: Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple Aurora IL, Lasalle Canyon, Waterfall, Tonti canyon, Lock and Dam No. 6, Starved Rock, Sunset, Illinois River, Starved Rock Lock and Dam
Activities: Hike the River trail
Food/Drink: Dosa, Pongal, Vada, Yogurt rice
Places to Eat: Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple Aurora IL
Start: 20:00  Starved Rock State Park, IL
End: 15:00 (+1 days) Silver Springs State Park, IL
Mode: Foot, Car
Distance: 52.4 km/32.6 mi
Camp @ Rolling Oaks Campground'Power' rangers at Silver Springs State ParkSilver Springs State Park, where flowers bloom...And trees cause ripples
Sights: Fox River, Beaver Lake, Loon Lake
Activities: Hike the Toboggan Hill trail, Hike the Fox Ridge Nature trail
Food/Drink: Pizza, Brunch
Places to Eat: PIzza Hut Plano IL, Star 34 Family Restaurant Sandwich IL
Places to Stay: Rolling Oaks Campground Sheridan IL

Day 2
Start: 15:00  Silver Springs State Park, IL
End: 20:30 Chicago, IL
Mode: Car
Distance: 78.9 km/49 mi
Good ole machines in YorkvilleThese rapids are meant for tubing... Woohoo!; Fox RiverStuck between a calm and a rough place; Yorkville Dam.
Sights: Yorkville IL, Fox River, Fox River Dam
Activities: River tubing in Yorkville IL
Food/Drink: Ice cream, Contemporary Indian
Places to Eat: Foxy's Ice cream Yorkville, OMango