How To Prepare For A Winter Hike at Starved Rock State Park

 

Just because there is snow on the ground, doesn’t mean you can embrace nature and head out for a hike at Starved Rock State Park. I recently sat down with Lisa, from the Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center to learn about how to prepare for a winter hike, and here are some of her tips:

 

  1. Plan to stop into the Visitors Center

Of course Lisa and the staff want to see you, but even more than that, you can grab a map of Starved Rock State Park, ask the front desk staff for trail suggestions and updates and learn the history of the area

  1. Be prepared!

Before you head to the park, make sure to check the weather and be aware of how much snow may be on the ground, or any snow, ice or frozen rain is expected during your trip. Also, keep in mind that unlike many city parks, the trails of Starved Rock State Park are not shoveled, plowed or salted.

  1.  Dress Accordingly

Make sure to wear layers, this will keep you warm and if you get warm during the hike you can shed your top layer. Also remember to wear shoes that have traction or wear Yaktrax!

  1. Bring your supplies

Pack your water bottle, a snack (but be sure to take any trash with you!), a walking stick for extra support and a mini first aid kit, just in case!

 

 

For more information, watch my “Kate Learns Something” video, where I interview Lisa, and she gets more specific!

 

Happy Hiking!

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