Starved Rock State Park – Utica, Illinois

Starved Rock State Park – Utica, Illinois

Starved Rock received its name for an event that allegedly took place there about 1770.  According to Native American tradition, some Peoria Indians who came under attack by a war party of Potawatomi Indians suffered starvation when trapped on atop the 125-foot rock with food or water. (http://www.museum.state.il.us/)

In 1911 the state of Illinois purchased the site making it the state’s first recreational park. In 1966, Starved Rock State Park was named a national historic landmark. There are 13 miles of trails and 18 canyons spaced along the Illinois River. Due to the weather condition, we were able to visit five of the 18 canyons.

Wild Canyon

Wild Canyon

Sac Canyon

Sac Canyon

Ottawa Canyon

Ottawa Canyon

Aurora Canyon

Aurora Canyon

French Canyon

French Canyon