How To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, be healthier, or spend more time outdoors? We want to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions in the best ways we know how!

Start with an outdoor activity in Starved Rock Country. There are many ways you can get yourself moving and to exercise off those holiday calories.


There are countless miles of breathtaking trails through Starved Rock Country. Winter can be an especially beautiful time for those willing to brave the elements.

In fact, hikers are invited to Starved Rock State Park's three-hour, 4.5-mile guided winter hikes every weekend December through March. Find out more about the guided winter hikes available

While you are in the area, be sure to check out Matthiessen State Park. There are more than five miles of trails with a pair of waterfalls/icefalls in a mile-long canyon. Take in the gorgeous scenery and a free dose of vitamin D!

Cross-Country Skiing:

Get a full-body workout and improve your endurance with cross-country skiing. Matthiessen State Park is well known for their beautiful cross-country skiing trails. There are 6 miles of cross-country ski trails with ski rental available weekends from December through March. To find out more visit

Eagle Watching: 

Looking for a more relaxed form of exercising? Give eagle watching a try. It allows you to take a short hike to the top of Starved Rock or Eagle Cliff. Eagles can be seen year-round now at or near Starved Rock State Park, but their numbers increase in the mid-to-late winter months. More info coming soon, so be on the look out for dates for the "Eagle Watch Weekend.”

Don’t wait to start becoming the “new you” you have set out to be this year.

photos by: Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Scenes from the Corridor