Friday, January 28, 2011

Starved Rock

The last few days have been spent at Starved Rock State Park.

The weather was cold but with proper clothing one was able to hike the icy trails to see the beautiful frozen water falls,

Frozen waterfall in St. Louis Canyon
and hike up to starved rock and view the bald eagles and other waterfowl.

bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) hangin' out below the lock and dam
We stayed at the Lodge which has the largest double stone fireplace in Illinois. If you do decide to go I would strongly recommend a pair of ice grippersfor your shoes or boots. The well traveled trails have become a combination of matted snow and ice and are very slippery. A week day visit is preferable; I was told that the weekends can get quite busy.
If you prefer guided tours, there is an all day trolley tour on Wednesday and on Thursday morning there is a guided hiking tour.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that frozen waterfall is an incredible sight! I watched an eagle cam last year. Love the double stone fireplace. We'll have to check it out sometime we are visiting our family who live in Illinois.