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Starved Rock State Park: 8th Wonder of the World

By Starved Rock Lodge | Sep 26, 2013

Voted the #1 Fan Favorite Attraction in the State of Illinois, Starved Rock State Park, in Utica, is home to some of the most beautiful trails, waterfalls and wildlife in the state. The best part? This natural wonderland is less than 100 miles from Chicago.

Situated along the south bank of the Illinois River in the state's Chicago & Beyond region, this picturesque park was home to Native Americans as early as 8000 BC. In 1673, Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette canoed down the river, passing by what they called the great rock, now a popular scenic site at the park.

Take a relaxing hike through the forest

Spend your days at the park hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking, hunting, boating and more. Make sure to pack your camera to snap pictures of the incredible panoramic views of the park's waterfalls, bluffs and canyons. While taking in the scenery, keep your eyes peeled for the myriad of wildlife, including eagles, wild turkey, rabbits, deer, ducks and more.

Enjoy the calm serenity of the waterfalls

After visiting this breathtaking site, you'll understand why VirtualTourist.com has nominated it as the 8 th Wonder of the World. You can vote here for Starved Rock now through September 30.

- The Illinois Office of Tourism