Hiking The Trails At Starved Rock State Park

I love Chicago in the summer time.  The beaches and parks come to life and there is always something fun to do.  However, every once in a while it’s nice to trade the big city for something a bit more serene, so yesterday Eko and I took a day trip down to Starved Rock state park.

 

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Starved Rock is Illinois most popular state park and it’s also dog-friendly!

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It was a beautiful day and Starved Rock was a welcome change of scenery. No cars, no trains, no loud city sounds – just miles of trails to explore and enjoy

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This dead tree was the perfect spot for Eko to hide and keep a lookout for deer

Rhodesian RIdgeback, dog adventure, dog photos, pet-friendly places, petcentric, hiking with your dog, marking our territory

It’s the height of the dry season so we didn’t get to see any of Starved Rock’s well-known waterfalls.  But we did get to explore the waterfall canyons which was a lot of fun – they definitely make you feel small

Rhodesian RIdgeback, dog adventure, dog photos, pet-friendly places, petcentric, hiking with your dog, marking our territory

We looped back along a rolling and quiet riverfront trail. Sometimes no sound is the best sound of all 

Rhodesian RIdgeback, dog adventure, dog photos, pet-friendly places, petcentric, hiking with your dog, marking our territory

Someone was pretty pleased with himself for making the climb up to the riverfront lookout


Rhodesian RIdgeback, dog adventure, dog photos, pet-friendly places, petcentric, hiking with your dog, marking our territory

After a long day of hiking, Eko happily relaxed in the shade with some well-earned water and treats

Starved Rock State Park is a bit of a haul from Chicago, but it was well worth the drive. It’s always fun to visit somewhere new and it’s even more fun when you have a four-legged adventurer with you!

 

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