110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389
110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389

State Parks

Starved Rock State Park (2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby, IL 61348)
Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River bluff in La Salle County is one of Illinois’​ most beautiful destinations. Located approximately 5 miles north east of Oglesby. The park’s 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs. More than 13 miles of trails allow access to waterfalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Lush vegetation supports abundant wildlife, while oak, cedar and pine grow on drier, sandy bluff tops. Located along the Illinois River, recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting. visit website

Matthiessen State Park (2500 Illinois Route 178, Oglesby, IL 61348)
Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately 3 miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. Miles of groomed trails, bike trails, horse trails, cross county skiing, and more. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities, make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for a special outing. visit website

Buffalo Rock State Park (North 27th Road, Ottawa, IL) Buffalo Rock State Park is located on a bluff which once was an island in the Illinois River. Now standing majestically on the north bank, from high atop the bluff, a system of trails and scenic overlooks provides view of an area rich in history. Located approximately 10 miles northwest of Oglesby in LaSalle County, this 298-acre park has long been a favorite picnic area, as well as a nature lovers’ delight. Two American bison call Buffalo Rock home. These magnificent native mammals can be seen, up close, daily. visit website

Starved Rock State Park
Mattthiessen State Park
Baffalo Rock State Park


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