Starved Rock Hike Guides highlight popular, and lesser known, trails in some of the area's best parks. Today we'll be featuring LaSalle Canyon, considered by many to be the premier photo destination in Starved Rock State Park.
This 2.6 mile trek to LaSalle Canyon, regarded as one of the most beautiful hikes in Starved Rock, is now easier to access than ever before. The recently expanded Parkman's Plain parking lot, conveniently located along Route 71, can easily accommodate more than 80 cars.
From Parkman's Plain you can access the Owl Canyon overlook, Owl Canyon, a sandstone overlook along the Illinois River, Wildcat Canyon, LaSalle Canyon and Tonty Canyon (though the main bridge is currently under repair, so your hike from LaSalle to Tonti will be slightly longer than park maps indicate).
On this hike we'll be taking the River Trail from Parkman's Plain to LaSalle Canyon.