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Matthiessen State Park, Utica

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4.6/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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  • Spent labour day outside of Uttica in a holiday villa with 17 extended family members. We went to the park on Sunday for a quick hike and ended up spending 5-6 hours exploring the upper and lower dell...  read more »
  • We recently hiked both state parks. While Starved Rock has more services, park rangers, and groomed trails, Matthiessen had more beauty. If you go, you have to hike down to the lower dells to the insi...  read more »
  • Can't believe I've lived in Illinois my entire life and had never been here! Gorgeous! My kids enjoyed the adventure of hopping on rocks to try to stay dry. Lots of places to climb around and waterfal...  read more »
  • My favorite place to visit in all of Illinois! Barefoot hiking through the mud after a rain was always my favorite. Recommend wearing chacos for the water if you're hiking in the dells areas. Please remember to pack out your garbage!! If you want to enjoy nature, keep it clean, so everyone can continue to enjoy it as well.
  • Went to Starved Rock first and completely wore ourselves out, but wanted to see Matthiessen. So glad we went. Better scenery more of an adventure, more waterfalls! I will go back
  • Great place to hike in all seasons. Waterfalls are beautiful in early spring time. Cross Country skiing in winter. If you like the outdoors you'll love this place. There are a lot of long stairs leading to the hiking trails. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and plan to be exhausted when you're done.
  • Beautiful place. Small dells, trails right along a creek/stream, small waterfalls, make this Park awesome. Recommend bringing proper footwear for crossing thru streams.
  • This park is right next door to the famed ¬®Starved Rock SP¬®, but is a place that you should check out first! Why? Less crowds and more scenery. You will see beautiful sedimentary rock canyons, bigger waterfalls, and a little more strenuous of a hike. Sure it is not quite on the river, but it more than makes up for it with the scenery. I visited both parks in one week, and highly recommend you check out this hidden gem. It's worth the drive from Chicago for the serene.
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