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Explore Getaway Starved Rock

Located just one hour and a half outside of Chicago in Ottawa, IL, Getaway Starved Rock is nestled in a bustling town with plenty of spots to explore. Here are a few of the spots we’d recommend you check out while you’re on your Getaway.

Walks in the Woods

River Bluff Trail Loop
Distance: 2.6 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed
Tucked into Buffalo Rock State Park, River Bluff Trail Loop takes just under an hour to complete and has some beautiful views of the Illinois River.

River Trail, Bluff Trail and Illinois Canyon Loop
Distance: 6.8 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

For more experienced hikers, this trail is the perfect workout to spend an afternoon along the banks of the Illinois River. This loop is best visited between March and September and takes about two and a half hours to complete.

Saint Louis Canyon Trail
Distance: 2.1 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

The Saint Louis Canyon Trail is a local favorite out-and-back trail in Starved Rock State Park. This trail takes just under an hour to complete and takes you through the Saint Louis Canyon and includes lots of stairs and waterfalls. This trail is best visited May through October.

Sustenance and Snacks

Handy Foods
~ 7 minutes from Outpost
Make a pitstop at Handy Foods grocery store before getting to the Outpost to pick up all of the ingredients for your favorite campfire recipes.

Jeremiah Joe Coffee
~ 7 minutes from Outpost
Stop at Jeremiah Joe Coffee for your morning brew and take a walk at nearby Washington Square Park with the one who matters most.

Dockside Bar and Grill
~ 8 minutes from Outpost
Head to Dockside Bar and Grill nestled on the North bank of the Illinois River to enjoy a delicious meal with some scenic views.

The Ottawa Bakery
~ 6 minutes from Outpost
For the best made-from-scratch pastries in town, head to The Ottawa Bakery, and try their delicious cinnamon rolls.

Things to Do Around the Outpost

Tangled Roots Brewing Company
~ 7 minutes from Outpost
Try some local craft brews, enjoy delicious dishes with ingredients sourced from local farmers, and learn a bit about the history of the area.

Prairie Fox Books
~ 7 minutes from Outpost
Head to Prairie Fox Books to pick up some new titles to escape into on your Getaway.

Kayak Starved Rock
~ 12 minutes from Outpost
Take advantage of the Outpost’s proximity to the Illinois River and head to Kayak Starved Rock to rent kayaks and spend an afternoon on the water.

Ready to book an escape to Getaway Starved Rock? Reserve your cabin today.