The charm of Starved Rock lies largely in the fact that everything is in a state of nature, just as it was when Jolliet, Marquette and Tonti and all the other explorers, missionaries, and traders that were here so many years ago. Some of the trails and buttes had stairs and platforms built upon them to help protect the delicate sandstone from washing away inch by inch.
The 3,205 acres park has 18 Canyons and more than 13 miles of hiking trails. Trails have been marked by their difficulty level as well as distance from the lodge and the visitors center. Fourteen of the eighteen canyons have some of the most scenic waterfalls and the best time to see them is during the early spring months when the snow and ice start melting. During the winter months these waterfalls freeze, which also creates a spectacular view.
With the weather not very cooperative (drizzling rain) we chose not to venture too far from the lodge, hence we took the path to the Aurora Canyon; a few steps away from the lodge and the difficulty level marked as "easy". The grounds were wet and somewhat muddy and the waterfall rather small and at a distance (actually more than a distance and height....those who know me, know I am not a fan of heights).