Hiking Tips Buffalo Rock is also home to two live American Bison, Cocoa and Pebbles. The pair can be seen in their grazing pen, located across from the park’s baseball diamond. TIP: An early (8 a.m.) arrival rewards guests with an opportunity to see the Buffalo get fed and, occasionally, morning fog on the Illinois River.
te Park rrkk From two riverfront observation decks, you’ll be treated to a unique southward facing view of the Illinois River, providing a beautiful vista you can’t see at any of the other parks in the region.
Stay On The Trails
Venturing off trails at any of Illinois’ State Parks is strictly forbidden, and for good reason. There are countless sharp drop offs, ravines, and dangerous plants off the trails. Admire the beautiful sights from only the clearly marked trails.
Wear well ﬁtted shoes, preferably hiking boots with good traction. Dress appropriately for the weather, always anticipate it being cooler inside the canyons at Starved Rock and the dells at Matthiessen.
Hiking can be exhausting, and many hikers underestimate how much water they’ll drink out on the trails. Plan ahead and bring extra water and trail snacks for you and your fellow hikers.
Bring A Phone
These parks are large, and you can go long distances without seeing another hiker while out on the trails. Be sure to bring a cell phone so you can call for help in case of an emergency.
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Do your part to keep the parks looking nice! There are ample waste receptacles scattered throughout the parks, be sure to keep any waste you generate on the trail inside your bag until you ﬁnd one.
Bring A Leash
Pets are always welcomed at LaSalle County’s state parks, but they must be kept on a leash, for their own safety.
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